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Don’t play ‘Pull the Plug’ at Rotary Lake

“As a parent, knowing that this game is being played will change the way we use Rotary Lake.”
A 12-year-old girl died earlier this month after being pulled from Rotary Lake unconscious Aug. 13.
A 12-year-old girl died earlier this month after being pulled from Rotary Lake unconscious Aug. 13.

A dangerous game that has been well-known to users of Rotary Lake may have contributed to the death of a young girl last week – and parents in the community are sounding off warning others about it.

“Parents should be aware of the ‘Pulling the Plug’ game that gets played there,” said Dawson Creek parent DeAnna Wry.  

“It is where you swim to the bottom and remove the covering of the intake. It is incredibly dangerous and stupid.”

While Crystal Mamm noted on social media she has never seen lifeguards on duty at Rotary Lake, this is because the water body is indeed considered a lake by the province and has no actual requirement for a lifeguard.

Jeannene Crosby, swimming and water safety with the Canadian Red Cross, said it is important to know all the hazards when swimming. 

“They could be around the water, in the water, on it or underneath,” she said. 

“It is important as a parent to know the risks.”

Wry agrees. 

“That the sign right on the entrance, Swim at own risk, means that you are your child’s lifeguard while at Rotary Lake. Which means being vigilant and prepared to jump in without hesitation. It should be common sense not to mess with parts of any man made lake or pool.”

Wry said this will change the way she things about the popular local watering hole. 

“As a parent, knowing that this game is being played it will change the way we use Rotary Lake.”