P.E.I. Lifesaving Society reports no drowning deaths in 2015

The P.E.I. branch of the Lifesaving Society says there were no drowning deaths on the Island in 2015.

Society says having 92 new lifeguards certified on P.E.I. may have helped

P.E.I. has 1,100 km of shoreline and the beaches and waterways are popular with Islanders and visitors. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

The P.E.I. branch of the Lifesaving Society says there were no drowning deaths on the Island in 2015.

It was welcome news for society president Adam Ross, who said this is a preliminary report and final statistics will be released by the P.E.I. Office of the Chief Coroner at a later date.

The P.E.I. branch of the Lifesaving Society says there were no drowning deaths on P.E.I. in 2015. (Facebook )

In a news release, Ross says having no drowning deaths may be as a result of having 92 new lifeguards certified last year.

"A lifeguard's primary role is to prevent incidents from happening. Lifeguards right across our province work on pool decks and on beaches preventing incidents from occurring, and this number [zero drownings in 2015] speaks to their dedicated prevention efforts," said Ross.

P.E.I. has 1,100 km of shoreline and the beaches and waterways are popular with Islanders and visitors.

Ross says the Lifesaving Society has been pushing for Islanders to learn to swim and be water safe at all times of year.

"As we move into the winter months, there is still a risk of drowning present. Activities in, on and around ice can be just as high risk as swimming at a beach. Islanders should be sure to check the thickness of ice before venturing out. Snowmobiles require at least five inches of clear solid ice," says Ross.

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