WINNIPEG — Warmer spring weather and the temptation to venture near open water has prompted a seasonal warning for Manitobans.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society says despite the time of year, the immersion into cold water can be a serious danger.
“At this time of year, Manitobans are usually thinking, or worrying about flooding,” said Kevin Tordiffe, operations manager of the Lifesaving Society — Manitoba Branch.
“Thankfully, this year we seem to be getting a break.”
Tordiffe says it’s important to stay away from waterways and ice at this time of year.
Tordiffe says boating season in the province is still about a month away, but boaters should wait for the ice to melt from lakes and rivers.
“Remember, there is no safe ice out there anymore, especially if you are a visiting NHL team,” Tordiffe quipped.