Experts are urging bathers at swimming pools to be vigilant following the death of a 41-year-old man who smashed his head in a fatal jump in Laval on Sunday night.
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“It’s horrible. We can define it as a plague [parce que] it’s easy to avoid,” says Jean-François Giguère, head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal.
The doctor also had on his floor two patients aged 24 and 50 who are paralyzed from the waist down after a dive.
“When you become quadriplegic, it’s the lives of those around you and your own that you’ve just ruined,” stresses Dr. Giguere. You must think of yourself and others before you dive. »
The latest incident happened around 6pm on Sunday at a residential swimming pool in Laval.
According to initial information from the Laval police, a man hit his head on the bottom of the pool after diving.
When they arrived, the rescuers conducted maneuvers in vain. His death was announced on the spot.
The tragedy probably happened in the presence of members of his family. Investigations to clarify the circumstances of death are ongoing.
Recurring and dangerous
According to the Lifesaving Society, about ten such incidents involving injury or death occur in Quebec each year. The vast majority of victims are men.
“These are people who end up with severe trauma like paraplegia or even quadriplegia. It happened in both open water and private pools,” said Raynald Hawkins, the company’s general manager.
In general, bathers should make sure that the depth of the enclosure is twice as high as the height.
“Every year I see reckless youths even doing somersaults in the air to jump into an above-ground pool,” whose average depth is just over three feet, says Mr. Hawkins.
death or suffering
Jean-François Giguère emphasizes: “You have to dive your feet first when you’re drunk or don’t know how deep it is, then we will use our intelligence instead of our boldness. »
The doctor warns that anyone who survives the shock to the spine faces a long rehabilitation period.
– With the agency QMI