Be safe out on the water

Len Manuel reminds everyone to be safe on the water and wear a life jacket.

Editor:

The picture on the front page of the July 24 edition provides the opportunity to remind us of the rewards and risks of water-related activities.

This letter is not a criticism of the Stz’uminus event organizers, as competitive events provide safety supervision for the competitors and volunteers. In fact, the organizers should be commended for promoting physical activity for children and youth.

However, it is interesting that the event occurs during the Lifesaving Society’s National Drowning Prevention Week, which, historically, is the worst week for drowning in Canada. According to the Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Drowning Report — 2012 Edition, the highest cause of boating deaths is not wearing a lifejacket during recreational boating.

Almost all drowning is preventable, avoiding the tragic loss of family and friends.

Do have fun enjoying the wonderful amenities where we live, but be safe.

Len Manuel

Past president of the BC/Yukon branch of the Lifesaving Society and Ladysmith resident