Swimming safety is being encouraged.
Greater Vernon Recreation Services has presented seven-year-old Ava Bouchard and five-year-old Isaac Boismier with lifejackets as prizes in a recent contest to promote Drowning Prevention Week and National Lifejacket Day.
“The aquatic centre held a colouring contest earlier this summer to bring awareness to drowning prevention and the importance of lifejackets in saving lives,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, City of Vernon spokesperson.
“Participants in swimming lesson or public swim times were invited to colour a picture of their family having fun at the lake with their lifejackets on.”
The entries were randomly drawn to win one of two Mustang self-inflating lifejackets. The goal was to have the winning children give the lifejacket to an adult they love and ask them to wear it whenever they go boating.
According to the 2015 B.C. Drowning Report, natural bodies of water accounted for the largest proportion of drownings in B.C. in the 2008-2012 period (83%).
In 2012, 65 of the 84 people who suffered a water-related fatality in B.C. drowned in a river (24), lake (24) or in the ocean (17).