Premier Rodney MacDonald has declared July 19 to 27 Drowning Prevention Week in Nova Scotia. “During the height of summer, many Nova Scotians seek refuge from the heat at the beach or lake,” said Premier MacDonald. “By raising awareness about water safety this week, I hope we can prevent tragic drowning accidents in our province.” Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under the age of 60. It is estimated to claim about 400 victims each year. More than 75 percent of drownings occur in natural bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and oceans. “Drowning Prevention Week is the perfect time to remind Nova Scotians of a few simple water safety rules,” said Krista Elvidge, president of the Lifesaving Society, Nova Scotia Branch. “By wearing a life jacket when in or near water and by keeping children near, Nova Scotians can avoid tragedy this summer.” For more information about water safety, visit the website at www.lifesavingsociety.ns.ca .