As temperatures soar across much of the province this weekend, the BC/Yukon branch of the Lifesaving Society is sending a special warning to teenage boys to be safe on the water.
Executive Director Dale Miller says its making progress on recommendations from the BC Coroners Service to devote water safety education to teenage males aged 15-18.
“We’ve seen 18 drownings, which of course is 18 too many, but by this time last year we had 30, so we are trending in the right direction, but even those 18 this year are pretty much all preventable.”
Family friend of two Langley teens who drowned in Nicola Lake last year, Scott Lebus, agrees the demographic is prone to high risk activities.
“They’re the highest risk, they are the most on the water, they are out camping, and they are enjoying themselves in the wilderness, so that’s probably why they are the highest risk group right now.”
Miller says the organization has also been in touch with the Union of BC Municipalities to encourage cities to pass bylaws requiring fencing around backyard pools.