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Thirty people charged on day one of Safe Boating Awareness Week

They face a variety of charges under the Canada Shipping Act and Liquor Licence Act
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OPP Marine Unit (via

Just one day into Safe Boating Awareness Week and already 30 people are facing a variety of charges across the province, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

OPP Marine Coordinator Sgt. Dave Moffatt warns that this time of year the water is cold and there is an increased risk of hypothermia. He says it's incredibly important to always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). In fact, it's the law to have one on board for every passenger. 

"There are circumstances where people don't wear their PFD because they think they are good swimmer[s], and unfortunately we have to call in the dive team to recover the body, so please protect yourself...boating is not easy."

Moffatt adds it's important to remember the same rules and consequences apply with respect to alcohol and drugs while boating as they do when driving, and advises everyone to "think before you sink."

"If you're in a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle-board and you're about to go out on the water, just take a step back, and just think 'is this the proper craft for the water I'm on, and the weather patterns and what could happen? Am I prepared for that?'"

More information on Safe Boating Week can be found here.

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