The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

- 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.

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