- Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water capable of pulling swimmers into deeper water. - Preliminary data by the Lifesaving Society suggests at least 283 drowning related deaths occurred in Canada in 2017, with an average of approximately 452-500 deaths a year.
- According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. There are an estimated 360,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide, although global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning.
- The Fathom Fund is a new science funding program that blends crowdfunding with traditional research grants. It was launched in December by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR). - MEOPAR funds research, trains personnel, develops strategic partnerships and works to support knowledge mobilization in marine challenges and opportunities for the benefit of the Canadian economy and society.