WINNIPEG – It’s time to do another inquest on beach safety after multiple tragic drownings this summer, including two this past weekend.
That’s according to the Lifesaving Society’s Carl Shier, who sat down to write the Chief Medical Examiner today.
“I have no doubt that I believe an inquest will have to be held, and again the government will have to do a thorough review and answer to it,” he said.
After the deaths of two children at Grand Beach a few weeks ago, the province said it would do a review of beach safety.
Shier says an inquest would be more beneficial for a few reasons.
“Judicial impartiality as to the review, the thoroughness that is done, and the findings, usually a judge’s findings are implement. When they say ‘this is what needs to be done’, this is what gets done,” he said.
On Saturday, 22-year-old Jean-Baptiste Ajua, who had just received his Canadian citizenship, died at Birds Hill.
A 26-year-old Winnipeg man died after being pulled from Caddy Lake earlier that day.
Police believe alcohol may be involved in that case.