Grieving families deliver video message

Loved ones of dead swimmers create PSA about dangers of swimming in Harrison Lake

A video about the dangers of Harrison Lake has already had more than 28,000 views only four days after posting on Youtube.

Friends and family of Gary Duong and Daniel Reid created the PSA to raise awareness about the dangers of the popular recreational destination, urging others to be aware of the risks of swimming in cold waters.

Duong and Reid died two months ago on June 8 after leaving a large inflatable raft on Harrison Lake with plans to swim ashore. An extensive search of the local waters was conducted, with the bodies being recovered a week and a half later.

The unnamed friends and family in the video share their thoughts on the dangers of the lake.

“They were both strong swimmers, it doesn’t matter who you are, that water’s dangerous” says one young woman.

Another says the calm water doesn’t “scream danger” until in the blink of an eye, everything changes.

Several of them, including parents of the deceased, raised the need for signage along the shoreline warning swimmers of the cold waters and the danger.

“I don’t understand why there’s not a single sign up on that lake whatsoever,” says another.

The last person shown in the video says of his friends, “I know they (Duong and Reid) both would want us to continue living our lives to the fullest because that’s what they both did. But I also think they would want people to know, to know that Harrison is not a joke, it’s not just another lake in B.C. It’s a glacier fed lake with very strong currents and it’s very dangerous.”

Village Mayor Leo Facio was unavailable for comment as of press time regarding the possibility of signage in the Village on the dangers of Harrison Lake.

To view the video, go to www.youtube.com and search ‘Harrison Lake Awareness PSA‘.