FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- There's a beautiful weekend in the forecast, but the Lifesaving Society is reminding everyone to stay safe around the water.

Statistics show drownings peak the third week of July, but the society is hoping to prevent water related fatalities.

Dale Miller, Executive Director the B.C. and Yukon Branch, says about a third of boat related drowning deaths occur when someone is under the influence.

“Often the alcohol or the drugs will give someone a little extra bravado band the over estimate their skills and take some risks they might otherwise not take,” Miller said.

Miller also reminded boaters that using substances at the helm is just as illegal as being intoxicated behind the wheel.