RCMP issues water safety recall – PortageOnline.com

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The Manitoba RCMP reminds everyone of summer water activities that must accompany safety standards.

Boaters and those using paddle boards, kayaks or canoes should remember that the water temperature is still cold even if the air temperature increases. Be aware of the wind and your surroundings and always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD).

On June 18, two young Winnipeg women who were paddleboarding without life jackets had to be rescued on Lake Manitoba after they were unable to get to shore due to high winds.

Fortunately, they were not injured, but this incident could easily have turned into a tragedy.

In partnership with the Lifesaving Society, here are some important safety tips that the RCMP encourages:

  • Wear your life jacket
  • Learn to swim
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Children and non-swimmers should always be supervised around the water
  • Be aware of cold water hazards
  • Alcohol and water don’t mix – don’t drink and swim and drink and drive your boat

“It is very important to wear a life jacket. Many serious incidents that occur on our waterways are the result of not wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device properly,” says Staff Sergeant Bob Chabot, Manitoba RCMP Inland Waterway Transportation Coordinator. “When unexpected incidents occur and someone ends up in the water, a life jacket or PFD is your number one safety gear.”

Following these safety tips will help make everyone’s experience on the water safe and enjoyable.

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