July 25, 2021

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Towards another dark year of drowning

It is another dark year as all components are submerged, the Quebec Rescue Association estimates, which halted its battalion on Saturday. For Awareness 15eYear.

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Since the beginning of this year, the province has been submerged in 28 waters, two more than last year, if we exclude the deaths of at least six French snowmobiles that sank in Lock-Saint-Jean in January.

However, the level of water levels in 2020 was particularly dangerous when a total of 95 bathers died there. 36 increase from 2019.

Again this year, many swimming pools, water sports equipment and boats have never been sold. Not to mention the inability to conduct swimming lessons due to epidemics and a lack of lifeguards.

“All the elements are there. […] Unfortunately, we expect this year to be the same again, ”lamented Renault Hawkins, CEO of the Life Saving Society.

Brigade Splash

It was in this context that young Daniel Allo, 10, a few days after his death, was found dead in a lake on the outskirts of Saint-Phoebe, 15e Annual Splash Brigade.

Mr. Hawkins made the announcement at the Saint-Roche Marina in Quebec on Saturday morning, accompanied by Andre LaForrest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and former Olympic diver Sylvie Bernier.

The battalion, which aims to sensitize swimmers, lifers, monitors and managers to good swimming training, will especially target day camps this summer.

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“Water brings happiness and joy. But you should never underestimate your strength and always be vigilant. We all have a responsibility when we are near water, ”he said.Me Bernier saw his nephew drown in a canoe trip in 2002.

New Terms

MMe LaFarrest took the opportunity to point out that owners of residential swimming pools built before 2010 no longer have the rights they enjoyed in relation to the regulations. Thus, they must all conform to 1There is July 2023.

The new rules surrounding the development of residential swimming pools will also come into effect from next Thursday.

In particular, fences with chain links greater than 30 mm should be cut, and no structure should be used to climb into the swimming pool and should not be installed within one meter of it.

The Splash Brigade will visit about 100 water bodies, day camps and swimming pools in the summer.