LONDON, May 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Marine Security Enforcement Teams (MSET) and Ship Rider programs (SR) in Ontario would like to make the public aware that we will be patrolling Ontario waterways during the 2015 boating season and to remind the public to follow all safe boating practices.
Each year many people are needlessly killed or injured as a result of marine incidents. The MSET's & SR's will be on watch for unsafe boating practices and criminal activity on the waterways of Ontario. The Teams will also be patrolling the Canada/U.S. Border ensuring the public and commerce are able to safely move about the water ways. The teams will be proactive while on patrol checking various vessels for required documents and equipment.
There are different requirements for all types and sizes of watercraft. Anyone who operates a power driven vessel must also have proof of competency. For more information, visit Transport Canada's safe boating website. Don't mix alcohol with boating. Remember that you are responsible for the safety of your guests and others using the waterway. Impaired driving laws are the same for operating a boat as they are for a vehicle.
"The RCMP's primary mandate on Ontario waterways is to ensure the security of the Canadian Border," stated Sergeant Ian McNeil, RCMP Marine Coordinator for Ontario. "However, while on patrol, our members will also be on the look-out for unsafe boating practices such as operating a vessel under the influence."
The RCMP Coastal Watch Program has been fully implemented and is an effective way to report concerns to the MSET's & Ship Rider programs.
To make a report you can call: RCMP Coastal Watch- 1-800-387-0020
High resolution photographs available from the RCMP in Ontario News Room.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Sgt. Ian McNeil, Marine Coordinator, RCMP "O" Division (Ontario), P-519-630-7390, [email protected]