A number of offences have been issued following a busy weekend for marine patrollers. 

While checking vessels for compliance under the Canada Shipping Act and the Liquor License Act, members of the Kenora Detachment issued a total of 13 Provincial Offence notices. 

Seven were laid for having open liquor in open container in other than licensed premises, residence or private place. Six offences were issued for operating a pleasure craft without a personal flotation device. 

Conservation officers had also issued a total of eight Provincial Offence notices under the Ontario Fishing Regulations. 

Boaters are reminded that operating a boat while under the influence is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. You are considered to be 'impaired' or 'under the influence' if your blood alcohol level exceeds 0.08 (80 mg of alcohol per 100 mg of blood). The fines and penalties for driving a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are the same as those applicable to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

With the long weekend approaching the OPP is reminding boaters that when it comes to staying safe, the OPP expects no less of boaters navigating Ontario waterways than they do of motorists travelling on Ontario roads.

For a safe summer on the water, ALWAYS:

  • Wear a Canadian-approved lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD)
  • Check the weather conditions/forecast (paddlers should always stick close to shore)
  • Boat/paddle sober and drug-free
  • Tell people where you are going
  • Be aware of the risks of cold water
  • Be mindful of your vessel's capabilities when deciding where to go boating  
  • Take a boating course