NEWS
06/30/2014 07:36 EDT | Updated 08/30/2014 05:59 EDT

Quebec Heatwave Prompts Warnings On Exposure And Drowning

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Montreal region and additional warnings all over southern Quebec as temperatures and humidex values soar.

The advisory says southwestern Quebec, including the greater Montreal area, can expect daytime highs of at least 30 degrees and high humidity levels over the next few days.

“Conditions will be especially uncomfortable in the dense urban areas of Montreal and its surrounding areas,” the advisory reads.

Keep hydrated

Health Canada says older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, homeless people, those without air conditioning and those who work or exercise in the heat need to be especially careful.

The agency suggests keeping hydrated with water and other liquids throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty.

Quebec’s Lifesaving Society is warning swimmers and other people engaging in water sports and activities during this heat wave to be careful.

Fourteen people in Quebec have died from drowning or hypothermia since the beginning of the year, according to the organization. That’s about half of last year’s number at this point in time.

“We really get the impression that people are beginning to understand the message,” says director Raynald Hawkins.

Man in intensive care after almost drowning

A 22-year-old man is in intensive care after hitting his head and nearly drowning in the swimming pool at Gérard-Marchand Park in Limoilou, Que., on Sunday.

According to witnesses, four lifeguards were on duty and about 50 people were in or near the pool when the accident happened.

The young man hit his head while diving and sank to the bottom of the pool.

It went unnoticed by lifeguards, said witnesses. It was two adult swimmers who pulled him out of the pool.

He was resuscitated by lifeguards and first-responders, and transported to hospital. However, his condition worsened around 6:45 p.m. ET.  

Quebec City police are investigating and will assess safety measures in public pools.

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