Weekend drownings kill 3
The New Brunswick RCMP are confirming there were three fatalities in separate drowning incidents over the long weekend.
According to police, a 79-year old man in Cambridge Narrows, a 44-year-old man in Grand Lake, near Scotchtown, and a 39-year old in Rockwood Park in Saint John all died in accidents.
Names of the individuals have not been released.
Alex Taylor, a spokesperson with the Canadian Red Cross, said Atlantic Canada has a high rate of drowning. He said he hopes people will take steps to avoid tragedies such as the ones over the long weekend.
"Definitely wearing PFDs, personal flotation devices, that's a major one," Taylor said.
"Being up to date on swimming lessons, safety courses, CPR/first aid and getting the proper licences and training for whatever sort of boat or pleasure craft they're going out and operating."
In addition to the three drowning deaths, a collision between a powerboat and a fishing boat resulted in three injuries.
The accident happened on the Richibicuto River on Friday.
Two people were sent to hospital to be treated for injuries and one person refused treatment. The RCMP is investigating the cause of that accident.