Boating Season Brings Caution From RCMP

An RCMP Marine Patrol Unit travels along the Detroit River on 3 May 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

An RCMP Marine Patrol Unit travels along the Detroit River on 3 May 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – In advance of the Victoria Day long weekend, which typically marks the beginning of boating season, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reminding residents to be safe and stay safe on the waterways.

The RCMP’s Marine Security Enforcement Team and Shiprider will once again be patrolling Ontario waterways, including the Detroit River, during the entire 2017 boating season and they want your help.

You can make a difference to help keeping the border and waterways safe. If you see or hear something suspicious report it.

The RCMP values your knowledge and familiarity with the area and are counting on you to help. If something seems odd or out of the ordinary, do your part to help keep our communities safe by notifying the authorities.

If you notice suspicious behaviour, take note of details, such as the time, date, and location, the nature of the activities you saw, a description of individuals, vehicles, vessels, or aircraft, including the licence number, vessel identification number, or aircraft tail number, and any visible markings.

Examples of suspicious activities along the border include groups or individuals with sophisticated radio equipment such as scanners or portable VHF radios, people who are dressed improperly for the weather or terrain, and groups or individuals seeking directions or rides to and from the border.

Boating safety is everyone’s responsibility. Each year many people are needlessly killed or injured as a result of marine incidents.

MSET and Shiprider will be on watch for unsafe boating practices and criminal activity on the waterways in Ontario. The teams will also be patrolling the Canada/US border ensuring that the public and commerce are able to safely move about the waterways.

“With the warm weather finally upon us we can now expect to see many folks out enjoying recreational boating on our waterways, so please as a reminder always be cautious, remember to wear your life jacket, don’t drink and boat, and always be aware the water temperatures are still very cold,” said Sgt Ian McNeill, RCMP Marine Coordinator for Ontario.

To make a report call your local police or RCMP Coastal Watch at 1-800-387-0020. To report an emergency along the border call 911 or call your local police.

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