Third Seaside lifeguards eliminated after drum circle incident

The Vancouver Park Board is pulling lifeguard patrols from Third Seaside throughout Tuesday night time drum circles after somebody got here near drowning two weeks in the past.

A Park Board spokesperson informed Day by day Hive that roughly 4,000 individuals have been on the seaside for the July 12 drum circle, and lifeguards reported being harassed by individuals within the crowd as they tried to succeed in an unconscious particular person within the water.

The particular person was pulled from the water and lifeguards carried out first assist till paramedics arrived. Day by day Hive has reached out to BC Emergency Well being Companies for extra data on the sufferer’s situation.

“The Drum Circle is an unsanctioned and unpermitted occasion, with massive numbers of individuals gathering,” mentioned Danielle Perras, senior communications and advertising and marketing specialist with the Park Board.

“In current weeks, the variety of people attending, and the actions happening at Third Seaside, has change into unmanageable for each lifeguards and park rangers to take care of safely.”

Going ahead, lifeguards at Third Seaside will finish their shift at 7 pm on Tuesdays.

The Park Board inspired anybody wishing to swim to go to Second Seaside as a substitute, the place lifeguards keep till 8:30 pm.

“All those that attend the Drum Circle are being warned of the dangers related to unsupervised swimming,” the Park Board mentioned in a social media publish. “Further Park Rangers might be on web site at Third Seaside. If any points come up, the VPD might be referred to as instantly.”

Day by day Hive has additionally requested the lifeguards’ union for remark however has not but heard again.

The drum circle crowd was massive as properly on July 19, when many regulars have been remembering Sandra Stuart, a widely known and cherished drum circle participant. In line with different members of the drum circle, Stuart was the girl in her 50s who went lacking at Widgeon Falls on July 13.