Alcohol and boating don’t mix.
A Canadian Red Cross report looking into drownings over a 20 year span shows alcohol was either present or suspected in close to 40% of all boating deaths among those over age 15.
It shows 93 per cent of people who die in boating-related incidents are men.
The latest figures show an average of 161 people die in water-related incidents in Ontario every year.
Red Cross Water Safety Director Shelly Dalke says the vast majority could have been saved if lifejackets were worn.
Decades of research by the Red Cross finds that in Ontario, lifejackets were available but not worn in 30% of drownings.
In Ontario, an average 1.3 people per 100-thousand die in water-related accidents every year.
The Canadian average is 1.6.