Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Father Whose Son Drowned Says Seaweed a Lurking Hazard for Swimmers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Father Whose Son Drowned Says Seaweed a Lurking Hazard for Swimmers

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Father says seaweed a lurking hazard

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WINNIPEG - A Manitoba father whose teenage son drowned two years ago says seaweed looks harmless under water, but it should be labelled as a danger for swimmers.

Mervin Dueck says his 19-year-old son, Calvin, was swimming with friends at St. Malo beach but died after becoming tangled up in seaweed.

Dueck says his son's death was ruled a drowning but there was no mention of seaweed as a contributing cause.

He says there should be a change in the way drownings are reported to highlight seaweed as a hazard in relevant cases.

The office of Manitoba's chief medical examiner says it won't include contributing factors of a death unless the evidence is crystal clear.

Chris Love of the Manitoba Lifesaving Society says sometimes it's hard to know when seaweed is the reason behind a drowning, as a body may have floated into seaweed by the time it's found. …

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