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BOATING AND WATER SAFETY FOR ONTARIO FISHING WEEK

Posted on Thursday June 29, 2017

 

Leading up to Ontario Fishing Week, York Regional Police is reminding boaters and aspiring anglers to have fun around the water but ensure you are safe.

Ontario Fishing Week runs from July 1, 2017 to July 9, 2017. Canadians residents are permitted to enjoy free family fishing in Ontario without having to have a license. 

All those who will be out fishing, spending time in a boat or near the water are encouraged to enjoy, but do so safely and responsibly.  If you drink or do drugs, don’t drive. When it comes to drinking and boating, the same rules apply when out on the water as when you’re operating a car on the road. The penalties for drinking and boating are also the same as drinking and driving.

York Regional Police is reminding our citizens that each year people die needlessly in accidents on Ontario waterways. Most fatalities on the water are preventable if smart choices are made before leaving shore.

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

  • Ensure everyone on a boat or near the water is wearing an approved life jacket
  • Avoid boating or fishing alone
  • Tell someone about your plans and carry a cell phone with a fully-charged battery
  • In cool weather, wear rain gear over and/or wool clothes under your PFD. Wool insulates even when wet. Wear layers of clothing and a hat
  • 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
  • Always have enough fuel onboard to get you to your destination
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions
  • Keep in mind, this time of the year, open water is still very cold despite rising air temperatures

For more information on marine safety, please contact the York Regional Police Marine Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7321 or visit the Transport Canada website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/  For more information on Ontario Fishing Week, click on the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/licence-free-family-fishing.