Wear life jackets when in the water, say police

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The proper use of life jackets has been credited with keeping boaters in distress alive in recent incidents in Lake Simcoe.

In a recent incident which took place on Sunday, July 10, 2016, shortly after 10 a.m., the York Regional Police Marine Unit was dispatched to a vessel in distress just off of Georgina Island. Damage incurred to the hull of the boat caused it to sink. Thankfully, the two occupants of the boat were wearing their life jackets before ending up in the water. Another boater spotted the passengers in the water and assisted with their rescue prior to officers arriving.

York Regional Police reminds boaters that each year people die needlessly in accidents on Ontario waterways. Most fatalities on the water are preventable, especially if boaters are wearing their life jackets.

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York Regional Police reminds all boaters of the following safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable boating season:

  • Ensure everyone onboard wears an approved life jacket
  • Carry all necessary equipment onboard in accordance with the Small Vessel Regulations
  • Never drink alcohol or consume drugs before operating a vessel or personal water craft
  • Tell someone about your plans and carry a cell phone with a fully-charged battery
  • Always have enough fuel onboard to get you to your destination
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions

More information and videos outlining the importance of wearing life jackets is available for viewing at the Canadian Safe Boating Council website at the following link: http://csbc.ca/en/ – CINEWS

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