The Marine Units of the Lanark County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the OPP East Region Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement Team (OPP S.A.V.E.) are again reminding boaters to ensure their watercraft and its safety equipment is in place before setting out. There are NO acceptable excuses. Not only can it save your life it could save you a fine.

 During 2011, there were 22 marine fatalities in the province of Ontario – 81% of these fatalities were as a result of people not wearing a personal floatation device. The OPP S.A.V.E. Team and Lanark County OPP marine unit recommends boaters wear a life jacket or personal floatation device at all times. Once you fall into the water it’s too late to put one on!

 So far in 2012, one person has died in a boating accident.

 If operating a motorized boat after sunset, before sunrise or in restricted visibility, navigation lights are required. Check them before you go!

 The Criminal Code’s drinking and driving offences apply to boats. Alcohol and boating do not mix. Your automobile driver’s licence will be suspended.

 For more information on equipment requirements, see the “Safe Boating Guide”, a free publication issued by Transport Canada, call the “Boating Safety Line” at 1-800-267-6687 or go online at