The Vancouver Police Marine Unit is concerned about the higher than average flow rate of the North Fraser River, similar to many of the swift waterways in Western Canada.

“During the early summer, due to warm weather and snow melt, many rivers are running faster, deeper and colder,” says Sergeant Norm Webster. “These conditions could increase the risk to swimmers or anyone who accidentally ends up in the water.”

The VPD Marine Unit is encouraging people to be aware of the dangers and to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when on the water.

“Most important,” says Webster, “is not to boat or swim when impaired.”

Anyone on or near the North Fraser River, or any other river, is advised to use extreme caution.

For more safety tips, visit the Lifesaving Society.