Charges have been laid after Wellington County OPP say they stopped a boat on Conestogo Lake on Sunday with 11 people on board and only four life jackets in sight.
On top of that, the four life jackets were not the correct size for the five adults and six youth under the age of 16 on board.
Acting Inspector Steve Thomas with Wellington County OPP says, "Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) save lives! We cannot emphasize this message enough. Not only must there be enough PFDs on a vessel for everyone on board, but you should also have it on, especially children. Most marine fatalities happen unexpectedly when a small boat capsizes, or someone falls overboard. A PFD left behind is not much use. We all play a part in marine safety. Please, if you come to enjoy the beautiful lakes in Wellington County, wear a PFD if you're out on the water."
Earlier this week, Ontario Provincial Police released yet another reminder about water safety heading into another summer weekend.
Remember to always keep a watchful eye when on the water. ??????— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) August 14, 2022
10km/r speed limit when you're 30m/100ft from shore.
You are also responsible for your wake. #BeABetterBoater. #WestParrySoundOPP @OPP_NER pic.twitter.com/8gGODh6fdp
They note, 15 people have died in marine related incidents in the province so far this year, with more sobering numbers to be released later this week.
The 15-year-old operating the boat on Conestogo Lake is facing a handful of charges including boating without a copy of licence on board and not having enough flotation devices or life jackets of appropriate size for each person on board.
They will appear in a Guelph court at a later date.