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May '14

Boating Season Is Back


(SMITHS FALLS, ON) - Attention boaters. Before putting your boat on the water, check all life saving, distress and safety equipment and make sure that it is in the boat and that it works. An empty fire extinguisher won’t help put out a fire, nor will a flash light with dead batteries signal for help.

The OPP SAVE Team recommends boaters wear a life jacket or personal floatation device at all times. Once you fall into the water it’s too late.

If operating a motorized boat after sunset and before sunrise, or in restricted visibility, navigation lights are required. Check them before you go on the water to make sure they work.

Criminal Code drinking and driving offences apply to boats. Don’t mix alcohol and boating. Your Automobile Drivers Licence will be suspended.

If boaters aren’t sure what equipment they need it can be found in the Safe Boating Guide, which is a free publication issued by Transport Canada or call the Boating Safety phone line at 1-800-267-6687 or visit



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