Paddlers, tubers and boaters should avoid the St. Croix River in southwestern New Brunswick, a group is warning.

The non-profit St. Croix International Waterway Commission said the high water levels from recent heavy rains have created a dangerous situation.

Executive Director Abby Pond said there have already been close calls on the river this summer.  

One tuber needed to be rescued after getting separated from a larger group. In a separate incident, two people got their canoes stuck on rocks after capsizing. 

Pond said the water is growing more unpredictable. Help might not arrive in time for the next accident, she said.

"It's a busy weekend for all of the people who would have to come looking for you if anything did go wrong, so it's important that you're as safe as you can possibly be," she said.

More rain is forecast, so Pond said the water isn’t likely to recede soon.

One death this summer

RCMP echoed Pond's concerns.

The Oromocto detachment issued a water-safety advisory after a 21-year-old man died diving into shallow water last month in Cumberland Bay.

Sgt. Joel Saule said people need to take precautions when swimming in unfamiliar water. The risk grows as the water rises.

"When there's more water, there's more chance for the current to be stronger," he said.

Saule said if people do make a trip on the water, they should wear a life jacket and avoid drinking alcohol until they're back on dry land.