EL CENTRO -Officials at the Imperial Irrigation District expressed sadness today after receiving news of a tragic drowning of an as-yet unidentified Calexico youth in the All-American Canal this week.
“We are all deeply saddened by the turn of events that led to the recent drowning of this young man,” said Kevin Kelley, IID general manager. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
IID owns and operates an elaborate canal system that extends more than 1,700 miles. Each year, the district coordinates a water safety awareness campaign, using Dippy Duck its mascot, which targets Imperial Valley youth and warns of the dangers associated with swimming in the canal system. Since May, the Dippy team has reached out to almost 25,000 students and reminded them that even if a canal seems serene and navigable on top, swift currents and jagged terrain make them extremely dangerous.
“Dippy’s message, to play safe and stay out of canals is more important than ever as we are reminded that one wrong choice can lead to a life-altering event,” said Kelley. “I would ask that all of us take time to remind our children and loved ones of the dangers associated with entering into the canal system.”
As part of the water safety campaign, IID has provided a list of safe-summer activities for residents of the Imperial Valley. For more information regarding water safety and summer activities, please visit www.dippyduck.com.