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Campaign trying to prevent drownings in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is now in peak season for potential drownings, which is the reason why it’s “National Drowning Prevention Week.”
Saskatchewan is now in peak season for potential drownings, which is the reason why it’s “National Drowning Prevention Week.”. Neil Fisher / Global News

SASKATOON – With summer in full swing, people in Saskatchewan are taking full advantage of rivers, lakes and pools. An annual campaign is also underway to increase drowning prevention awareness and to educate the public about the hazards of being in, on and around water.

The Lifesaving Society is organizing events for this year’s “National Drowning Prevention Week.” Aquatic and recreational facilities across Saskatchewan will host events to encourage water safety.

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“Although water activities are fun, they can also be dangerous,” said Shelby Rushton, the CEO of the organization.

“Remember to wear a life-jacket, don’t swim or boat alone, stay within arm’s reach of toddlers and refrain from drinking alcohol before or during water activities.”

Organizers say Saskatchewan is now in peak season for potential drownings, which is the reason the campaign is held this month.

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So far this year, there have been nine fatal drownings in the province. There were a total of 22 drownings in 2014 and 17 the year before.

National Drowning Prevention Week runs until Saturday.