The bodies of water in Québec has been the scene of several tragedies in the past few days, while four people have been seriously injured or are missing, and three have found death.
“The heavy rains that fell in the last week have done to raise the current in the water and, therefore, the eddies “, explains the managing director of Société de sauvetage, Raynald Hawkins.
The risk of falls and drownings are the most important, “especially without a floatation jacket, or if he is not carrying it or [not] properly,” adds the expert.
This is especially the tragedies related to the practice of the watercraft that are of concern this summer. In six years, the lifesaving Society reported three deaths were linked in his last balance-sheet.
However, this season is quite different.
Saturday, two incidents involving these devices have occurred on the des Prairies river in the space of a few hours.
Mohamed Bassam Derbass, 26 years old, was still missing Sunday evening after being struck by a boat, following a fall from his jet ski shortly before 18 h, Saturday, in Laval.
Divers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), and the marine patrol of the police of Laval, have continued the search Sunday to find the man of lebanese origin.
Then, Saturday around 21: 15 p.m., a 40 year old man has been seriously injured in the face following a collision between his jet ski and possibly a life-buoy, near ile Bizard, in Montreal. His passenger 38-year-old has been treated for a nervous shock.
Earlier in June, Edith Atwood, age 32, Alexandre Gauthier, 34, and their 4-year old son, Mavrick, died in a road accident in watercraft on the river Saint-Laurent in Nicolet, Centre-du-Québec.
For the president of the Club, personal Watercraft, Montreal, Julien Bédard, ” the fact that there are more boaters on the water increases the risk of an accident “.
He mentions that since 2016 the presence of watercraft on the water jumped.
“Sales continue to increase,” he said. This year, the dealers no longer have any model in stock. “
The watercraft are not the only ones responsible for the recent deaths water in Quebec.
Saturday, the body of Debra Wittenburg Lytle, age 68, has been dredged in the river Coulonge, Mansfield-et-Pontefract, in Outaouais.
The SQ said that the discovery of the body had nothing to do with the ongoing research, in this same municipality, to find a man of thirty years who would have been washed away in the rapids, Wednesday. It was always missing the call on Sunday evening.
And Friday, Alexandre Morier, 44, and her daughter, Zoe, 4 years old, have been discovered without life in the Red river. The father tried to catch up with his daughter and son, driven by the current.
Since the beginning of 2020, 68 deaths were reported in Quebec by the Company of wild, compared to 47 at this time last year.