The Indian High Commission in Ottawa on Friday advised Indian students to take precautions when swimming after two tragic events in April this year.
The advisory posted on Twitter said, “The High Commission is disturbed by the recent rise in cases of Indian students drowning in Canada.”
It also requires Indian students to “follow local laws and avoid swimming or diving in lakes or rivers without life vests and other statutory precautions.
“Sometimes, groups of students are observed attempting water sports while intoxicated; this can lead to accidents and deaths,” it added.
“It is the responsibility of every student to avoid any risky activity that could cause grief and bring grief and sorrow to their families,” the High Commission said.
It has been reported that at least two Indian students have accidentally drowned in water since April this year. Harsil Barot, 23, of Gujarat, was found drowned in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia.
The latest such tragedy was reported on Sunday, when Peel Regional Police found the body of 20-year-old Navakir Singh of Punjab in the Credit Valley River in Brampton, Greater Toronto Area.
The High Commission has launched an extensive program for the ballooning community of Indians in Canada in recent months.
Part of the effort is focused on Indian students and the country’s various missions reach out to universities across Canada to create a database of students in the country and to map their whereabouts. In addition, they are also collaborating with community organizations and specifically. With student associations at universities.