Two victims died despite CPR after separate drowning incidents in B.C. waters. A 21-year old man was pulled from Thetis Lake near Victoria after other swimmers found him under the water.
According to Barbara Donahue, someone started yelling to call 911 and they cannot find him. After hearing that the man was under the water, she dove in and pulled the victim to the shore. The swimmers performed CPR but the man passed away while on the way to a healthcare facility.
In the Okanagan, a 19-year old from Keremeos accidentally drowned while float rafting with friends on the Similkameen River. He fell off and was swept under the surface according to witnesses.
His body was recovered from the river by the rescue crews and the BC Coroners Service is now investigating the incident.
The number of accidental drowning incidents has doubled throughout the years according to police. According to Cpl. Dan Moskaluk with Keremeos RCMP, everybody should observe normal safety precautions when enjoying the B.C. waterways and not to underestimate the possible risks involved with water recreation.
When engaging in water recreational activities, safety is a priority. It is also vital to learn life-saving skills including CPR by enrolling in a first aid course. These life-saving techniques can help save a life during emergencies.
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