Calls for caution after a fatal plunge in Laval

Caution urged after fatal plunge in Laval


Experts call on bathers to be vigilant in swimming pools after the death of a 41-year-old man who hit his head during a fatal dive on Sunday evening in Laval.

“It's appalling. We can define it as a scourge [because] it is something that is easily avoidable,” insists Jean-François Giguère, head of the neurosurgery department at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal.

< p>The doctor also had on his floor two patients aged 24 and 50 who are quadriplegic after having taken a dive.

“When you become a quadriplegic, it is the lives of those around you and your own that you have just destroyed, underlines Dr. Giguère. You have to think of yourself and others before diving. ”

 Calls for caution after fatal plunge in Laval

Archival Photo Raynald Hawkins, Lifesaving Society

The most recent incident occurred around 6 p.m. Sunday , in a residential swimming pool located in Laval. 

After diving, a man reportedly hit his head at the bottom of the pool, according to the first information provided by the Laval police.

When they arrived, the rescuers carried out maneuvers, in vain. His death was pronounced on the spot.

The tragedy probably occurred in the presence of members of his family. An investigation is underway to clarify the circumstances of the death.

Recurring and dangerous

According to the Lifesaving Society, about ten such events, involving injury or death, occur each year in Quebec. The vast majority of victims are men.

“These are people who end up with serious trauma such as paraplegia or even quadriplegia. It happened both in open water and in residential pools,” says the Company’s General Manager, Raynald Hawkins.

As a general rule, swimmers should ensure that the depth of the enclosure is twice their height.

“Every year I see daring young ones who even do somersaults in the air to dive into an above-ground pool,” the average depth of which is just over a meter, says Hawkins.

Death or Suffering

Jean-François Giguère insists: “You have to dive with your feet first when you're drunk or you don't know how deep it is, that's where we're going to use our intelligence instead of our temerity. 

For those who survive the shock to their spine, a long rehabilitation may await them, warns the doctor. 

– With QMI Agency

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