ONTARIO, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Marine Security Enforcement Teams (MSET) in Ontario would like to make the public aware that we will be patrolling Ontario waterways during the 2014 boating season and to remind the public to follow safe boating practices.
Each year many people are needlessly killed or injured as a result of marine incidents. The MSETs will be on the 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 that 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 Sgt Ian McNeill, 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 Coastal Watch Program has been fully implemented and is an effective way to report concerns to the MSETs. To make a report you can call: RCMP Coastal Watch- 1-800-387-0020
For MSET related photos please visit the Ontario RCMP Newsroom and click on this advisory.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. Ian McNeill
RCMP "O" Division (Ontario)