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Multiple boating charges

Monday, May 26, 2014   by: Staff



Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police partnered with the Ministry of Natural Resources over the weekend for joint marine patrols.

Several area lakes were patrolled both north and east of Sault Ste. Marie.

One Small Vessel Regulation charge was laid for not having a life jacket; one for having open liquor contrary to the Liquor Licence Act, and two charges were laid under the Fisheries Act for fishing without a licence. 

The Ontario Provincial Police would also like to remind boaters that the water temperature in the lakes and rivers is still very cold this time of year. 

A person’s survival rate will be decreased if they are thrown into the water and they are not wearing a lifejacket. 

The first rule of safety is to always ensure everyone on-board is wearing a PFD before heading out because putting on a lifejacket in the water is a difficult task, particularly in frigid water conditions.

People make the false assumption that if they can swim, they don't need a lifejacket.

But in these cold water conditions a sudden immersion can cause shock, involuntary gasping and deep hyperventilation.

This is followed by cold incapacitation and, in a short time, muscles, nerves in the limbs get cold and a person quickly will lose the ability to self-rescue or even swim.

Many people die within swimming distance of safety, such as a boat, dock or the shore, because of the initial effects of cold water immersion.

The Ontario Provincial Police urges all boaters to “think safety first” when out on the water.

Lifejackets save lives!  Wear them always - even on short trips.


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MarcHandthefunkybunch 5/26/2014 8:10:47 PM Report

The OPP, being useless since 1920. They really are one of the worst group of people on earth.
KDawg 5/26/2014 8:21:02 PM Report

Thank you OPP for saving us from boaters with beer in their coolers!

This reminds me of the man who was charged with DUI on a paddle-boat on Island Lake... what a joke.
mallet 5/26/2014 8:25:59 PM Report

And a lifejacket or PFD will keep you warm enough to reach shore, Eh. mmm I had a relative who was a pilot during the last WW and was shot down just west of Murmansk, his parachute worked just fine as did his mae west, unfortunately the lifeboat did not pick him up for 8 minutes of his immerson, another relative serving on a destroyer said he was quite stiff when they hauled him out.. I suppose the lifejacket or PFD makes it easier to find the body...
KDawg 5/26/2014 8:28:34 PM Report

Why were the OPP and MNR patrolling small lakes in the first place?

What a colossal waste of resources.
Krusto 5/26/2014 8:32:52 PM Report

And the first time someone has a friend or family member hurt or killed as a result of someone's careless boating or impairment you goofs will be winning "where's the justice?" or "where we're the cops, all in coffees shops?" You are pathetic!!!!!
Timbob 5/26/2014 8:34:54 PM Report

All that taxpayer funded, fire power patrolling our lakes, and they only managed 4 piss ant charges. Two with no fishing licences, one "no life jacket", and one open bottle of beer.

Looks like local boaters and fishermen are behaving extremely well to me! Time to lay off some OPP and COs.
Pakadeva 5/26/2014 8:44:06 PM Report

I agree! Too much risk is taken by boaters who don't watch for swimmers, kids with little crafts, swooping to the shoreline where children are playing...if they had sense enough to follow boating rules & stop being a threat to the well being of others, the patrolling would not be necessary. Good job!!!
bml69 5/26/2014 8:57:38 PM Report

A drunk boater could kill children swimming easily, so I personally appreciate the OPP and MNR looking out for our children and ourselves. I myself as a young girl was almost killed by a boater, I was swimming and the boater almost ran me over. My family saw what was about to happen and ran down to the lake waving wildly trying to alert him to what was happening and he just waved back as if they were saying hi. I was very fortunate. All the OPP and MNR are trying to accomplish is trying to keep people and the environment safe. thanks yall
patsboy 5/26/2014 9:04:08 PM Report

mallet A PFD or lifejacket will save a life. Do your reseach. OPP keep up the good work. And mallet google DR. POPSICLE AND THE RULE OF 1-10-1. Then feel free to make your comments.
Frio 5/26/2014 9:04:24 PM Report

Slocan Lake, B.C. May 11 '14. On Saturday, emergency crews found one teen unconscious near the glacier-fed lake. She was transported to hospital, where she died overnight. Three other canoeists, all males between the ages of 15 and 21, are still missing.
RCMP said in a statement released Sunday, none of them appeared to have been wearing life jackets when the boat overturned, and the conditions of the ice-cold water were relatively calm at the time.
Meanwhile in Quebec, the Life Saving Society said two men drowned Saturday night on Lake of Two Mountains, near Oka, Que.

Ya, no need for the OPP to be trying to inform anybody about wearing life jackets when boating on ice cold water because those that think they are invincible know people only die in other provinces.
Sam C 5/26/2014 9:17:57 PM Report

Krusto... well said!

KDawg... seriously? I think boaters with a cooler of beer -- especially OPEN containers -- are most certainly a problem.

mallet... no, a PFD won't keep you warm enough, but when you do lose consciousness, it will keep your head above the water so you can still breathe.

And yes, sadly, they DO make it easier to find the bodies when tragedy strikes.

Frio described the Slocan Lake tragedy: the bodies of two of the young men were not recovered for two weeks. That's two weeks of their families grieving.

Timbob... really? Drinking and Driving is down, too... do we lay off even more cops?

I applaud their efforts, helping to keep us safe, and -- in many cases -- protecting us from ourselves.

Hatch 5/26/2014 9:29:16 PM Report

They are clearly working in an effective manner by monitoring and arresting.
tronx 5/26/2014 10:09:38 PM Report

23 boating fatalities in 2013
20 of them not wearing PFDs
Hard to argue those facts...
As for the MNR doing patrols...
Well how many guys would mind the bag limits with no enforcement?
I'd like there to be fish left for my kids to catch.
Damned if they do their jobs, damned if they don't.
Frio 5/26/2014 10:43:25 PM Report

Every year in Canada hundreds of Canadians drown while boating. Most of them never intended to be in the water, they were just enjoying their boating activity. Most of them, over 87%, are not wearing a lifejacket or a PFD (or did not have it done up properly) when they drown. (Source: Canadian Red Cross Drowning Report)
guestwho 5/27/2014 12:33:21 AM Report

should always wear a helmet with attached light when swimming in boating lanes!!It`s the law.
soowat 5/27/2014 4:43:50 AM Report

Sam C

Right on
bounder 5/27/2014 5:52:34 AM Report

This open booze law is biased, if you're drinking on a boat you must be at anchor and have a full galley onboard.
Meanwhile, while one is camping or hunting you only need a campfire a cooler for cold beer, a tent or something close to it, loaded rifles are ok, a hole in the ground or over the next tree laying down to take a crap and you're good to go.
Slim Shady 5/27/2014 8:01:21 AM Report

For the people who criticize the MNR & OPP for doing their jobs: You are the same people who complain about the injustices in the world. Society has rules and if you make rules they need to be enforced otherwise they become irrelevant. DUI and PFD laws were made not just for your safety but for others as well. If you don’t agree with them – don’t go boating. Driving is a privilege NOT a right. If you feel like a beer out on the water – save it for your shore lunch.

The two moral degenerates they fined for fishing without a license are akin to poachers. They should be banned from the sport for 2 years. These were not people who were starving and were fishing for food. Once again there are laws for fishing and hunting to preserve our natural resources otherwise idiots like these who fish/hunt during reproduction cycles and wipe them out. These people think that they are above the law.

On another note: the people who have problems with authority are usually the people who break the laws. Not all law enforcers are perfect and yes there are some who get off on being in a position of authority…. But it isn’t typical. Before all you conspiracy theorists spout off over “your perceived notion of widespread police corruption” here in the Soo refer to my earlier statement regarding people with authority problems…
S.M.A.R.T. 5/27/2014 10:01:28 AM Report

Compared to the millions of people who go boating, PFD's save a miniscule number of lives. And yes my freedom of choice is worth the very few number of lives lost due to, in the case of many boating mishaps, stupidity. Think of the number of people who died for our freedom.
BT1979 5/27/2014 10:39:10 AM Report

Some of you are bored out of your minds! Some will like it, some wont. If you like what happens great if you don't great too. But relax on the stupid comments guys.
S.M.A.R.T. 5/27/2014 10:46:34 AM Report

PFD's supposedly save lives. What about running lights? If there's one thing that scares the living s_ _ t out of me out there on the water it's the morons who go out at dusk into darkness without running lights. I wonder if the police have ever done a study on the tragic results of night time collisions. This issue (no running lights) never seems to come up and yet based on my extensive boating experience I would say it occurs in epidemic proportions. And yet I've never seen a single cop out there at night. I wonder why.
Frio 5/27/2014 10:53:43 AM Report

SMART, There is no law requiring you to wear a PFD when boating.The regulations require that sufficient number be on board for each passenger and allow you to make your own possibly fatal decision. You can tie a cement block around your neck if you like, you have total freedom. Wearing a PFD could save your life, or make your body much easier to recover should you end up unexpectedly in the water. Maybe you don't care but your family might be interested in such trivial matters.
Powerwise 5/27/2014 11:25:10 AM Report

Life jackets are for LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Slim Shady 5/27/2014 11:55:22 AM Report


Hopefully you don't have that attitude if you take children boating. Before you answer that with another stupid remark I bet you never had to bury a child (I have) and there is nothing worse. Drowning is an unpredictable reality however Drowning is 95% preventable

I suppose that you think wearing seatbelts are for losers too?

Powerwise 5/27/2014 1:12:50 PM Report

Yep, Shady, I do!

Seat belts are for QUEERS!!!!!!
Bad Dawg 5/27/2014 1:38:46 PM Report

Wear your life jacket because I don't want to stop fishin' to save your sorry asses when I am on the water.

Its the law that I have to help "the stupid" boaters in distress. I don't mind towing someone in but if I gotta dive in and save your life because your not wearing a pfd, your too stupid to have a boat license.
seen_your 5/27/2014 8:50:21 PM Report

What happens if I want to go all Huck Finn and build a raft out of logs. Does that count as a small recreational boat???
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