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RCMP Sgt. Joel Saule said the police want to make sure people take the proper caution when they are swimming. CBC

The death of a young man who dove into shallow water in Cumberland Bay earlier in July is prompting the RCMP to remind people to be cautious when swimming.

The police were called to a cottage in Cumberland Bay at 1:45 a.m. on July 20 after a man dove head-first off a dock into about 30 centimetres of water.

Timothy Robinson, 21, of Gaspereau Falls suffered a spinal cord injury, according to the police.

He died the next day from his injuries.

The RCMP statement says the police believe the death was an accident, but officers are still investigating the exact circumstances.

RCMP Sgt. Joel Saule said the police want to make sure people take the proper caution when they are swimming.

"We just want people to take steps to make sure they stay safe while enjoying these activities because even one decision can have tragic or lifelong consequences," he said in a statement.

The police are advising swimmers to check the depth of the water before diving, only jump into clear, unobstructed water and enter the water feet first unless they are sure the water is deep enough to dive.

Corrections

  • A Gaspereau Falls man suffered a spinal cord injury when he dove into 30 centimetres of water. An earlier version of this story had an incorrect depth.
    Jul 31, 2013 2:55 AM AT