41 drowning deaths in B.C. so far this year as people try to escape the heat

Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Global News

People cooling off from this stretch of dry and hot weather are being urged to be careful, after 41 people have died in the province so far this year.

“Unfortunately from year to year we do see the same types of incidents occurring,” said Dale Miller, executive director for the B.C. Yukon branch of the Lifesaving Society. “And it’s the same age groups, and it’s almost always 80 per cent male that are involved in drownings every year.”

“And we will probably see between 60 and 80 this year in B.C. alone.”

Miller said this year has been higher, with 41 already, compared to 25 deaths by this time last year.

He said this year they’ve seen more deaths related to high water than in previous years, but many deaths are often related to summertime drinking.

“40 to 50 per cent of drownings are alcohol related,” he said.

On Thursday a

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