July 15-21 is National Drowning Prevention Week #NDPW2018

July 20th, 2018

July 15-21 is National Drowning Prevention Week #NDPW2018.  5 drowning deaths in N.L. in past week.

Three deaths coincided with National Drowning Prevention Week, July 15-21

Volunteers, including family and friends, joined in the search for Luke Cooper, who went missing early Sunday morning in North West River, Labrador. (Bailey White/CBC)

Five people have drowned in the province in July, a time of year when many people are on the water — and some don't return alive.

In 2017 there were 6 unintentional water-related fatalities in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the Lifesaving Society of Canada. That's five more than in New Brunswick, which has a population nearly 50 per cent larger.

The recent rash of drowning deaths in the province is tragic, said Barry Fordham, spokesperson for the Lifesaving Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the society's 2018 edition of the Canadian Drowning Report, July is the month with the most drowning deaths.


Posted on July 20th, 2018