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Crime Stoppers: Safe, legal boating

Submitted by Michelle Simard, coordinator, Cochrane District Crime Stoppers Board

Summer days means summer activities.  The Ontario Provincial Police need the public’s help in ensuring everyone enjoys a safe summer.

We all want to get out onto the water, whether that be on a boat, personal watercraft or kayak.

Things to remember:

  • Boaters must have a Pleasure Craft Operators Card.
  • NO person under the age of 16 shall drive a Personal Watercraft no matter the supervision. The owner and driver can face fines up to $350.
  • Kayakers should be traveling along the shores of the water rather than in the middle to allow passage for motorized vessels
  • Always have the required safety equipment such as lifejacket, heavy line, sound signaling device, flashlight, hand bailer
  • Consuming alcohol on any vessel is not permitted. Impaired driving on a vessel has the same consequences as driving a vehicle.

As a community let’s keep our waterways safe and our summers filled with fun. If you see any unsafe behavior on waterways call Crime Stoppers right now at 1-800-222-TIPS, use the internet at or download the P3 app. If your information leads to an arrest you could be eligible to earn up to $2,000 in cash.  You will remain anonymous and will not have to testify in court.  That is our promise to you, the tipster.

Do the right thing.  Call Crime Stoppers.

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