Police urge safety on the water following Slocan Lake tragedy

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

As the weather warms up, people are getting ready to go boating.

So the Canadian Safe Boating Council is kicking off their Safe Boating Awareness Week.

Deputy Mayor of Vancouver Adriane Carr says it’s a prudent time to think about water safety.

“It’s particularly important if you think about the recent tragedy in British Columbia where four young teenagers lost their lives, on Slocan Lake, no life jackets, four in a canoe.”

Along with life jackets,  Rick Cassels from the Canadian Safe Boating Council warns people not to drink and boat.

“No different than saying I want to drive to Vancouver and have a couple of beers on the way down, you don’t do that. And you don’t do that on the boat either.”

Cassels also recommends taking a safe boating course and being aware of the risks of BC’s cold waters.

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