The Terrace Search and Rescue team had a busy weekend with training and answering calls.
Dave Jephson is with team and he says what they saw out on the water was a cause for concern.
He says while many boaters had life jackets in their vessels, most weren’t wearing them.
Jephson says while that’s within regulations, it’s also dangerous.
He says it’s like wearing a seat belt when in a car, that when you need the life jacket, it’s most likely too late to get one on in time.
Jephson says the waters of northern BC are so cold, that the body goes into an automatic reaction that few people can recover from.
He says focusing on breathing, and doing everything you can to get to shore are the most important things to do, and having a life jacket on increases the odds of survival.