Massacre in the waters of Québec

Hécatombe dans les eaux du Québec

The balance sheet of deaths by drowning is still weighed down this weekend so that at least four people have lost their lives in the waters of Quebec and that a man was still missing to the call Sunday night.

Two seniors were drowned Sunday after-noon.

First, a 68 year old woman has lost the life in the Red river, in the Laurentians, after having been swept away by the current while she stood on a rock near Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.

Then, a 74 year old man died in the swimming pool of a campsite in Havelock, Montérégie, Sunday afternoon.

At about the same time, a teen of 17 years was sunk in the Great lake Saint-François near Lambton in the eastern Townships.

The search for the boater, who was being pulled by a boat while he was on a tube, without floatation jacket, were interrupted at sunset.

It is in this pool of Noyan in the Montérégie region that a girl lost her life Saturday.

Difficult Saturday

Saturday, a little girl of 3 years died in a swimming pool in Noyan, Montérégie, and a man of 71 years of age drowned in a river in Saint-Pamphile, in the region of Chaudière-Appalaches.

This is without counting the two drownings that occurred in less than 24 hours in the Ottawa river, at the border between Quebec and Ontario.

“How the little girl she had access to the swimming pool ? Where was the floatation jacket of the man in his seventies?”, questions Raynald Hawkins, director general of the lifesaving Society, adding that the majority of deaths related to the water are preventable.

“We have understood the principle of a designated driver, we should do the same with a lifeguard designated,” says Mr. Hawkins.

Floatation jacket

Raynald Hawkins reminds us of the importance of wearing a floatation jacket.

About “eight times out of ten, people don’t wear or don’t wear properly”, does he know.

He also advises to go out accompanied and do not mix alcohol and water sports, as a drink consumed on board is equivalent to three on land.

– With Jérémy Bernier and Clara Loiseau

Sunday, Québec lamented 39 deaths by drowning, compared to 28 at this time last year.

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