Good Advice For Summer Boating
(VANCOUVER, BC) – With the warm BC summer in sight, boaters around the province are heading out on the water again; leading police to issue a reminder on boating safety.
“Safe Boating Awareness week is a great opportunity to remind people of their responsibilities when they head out on the water,” says Corporal Mike Schmeisser. “A few minutes spent before you head out on the water, can save your life.”
Boat operators are responsible for the safety of everyone onboard their vessel, including themselves. Basic safety equipment, emergency equipment, and a sober operator are a must.
While the exact equipment required onboard a vessel varies depending on the type and size, some common requirements include:
- One properly fitting personal flotation device (PFD) for every person onboard, regardless of age.
- A bailer or manual bilge pump
- A re-boarding device
- A buoyant heaving line
Vessel operators are reminded that drinking and boating is a crime, and carries the same penalties under the criminal code as drinking and driving. Everyone operating the vessel is required to have a valid operator’s license, and remain sober.
Police around the province will be on the waters this long weekend. Boaters should expect to see police boats of varying sizes, and may be stopped for a routine check of required equipment, and licensing.
“When our officers check boaters, they will be looking for the required safety equipment, and will ensure that the operator is sober, and properly licensed”, explains Cpl. Schmeisser. “Our efforts are as much about education as they are about enforcement, so while fines are possible, our focus will be on ensuring a safe environment for all the users of our lakes and waterways.”
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