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OPP: “Bring the gear, not the beer” for a safe boating season

As the weather warms up, boaters in Eastern Ontario prepare to hit the water. The Ontario Provincial Police want to remind you of a number of things before you head out.

First of all, you need to do a complete check of your boat and equipment. Make sure it weathered the winter well and is seaworthy. Here’s a handy checklist: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp-menu-515-4372.html

Secondly, ensure all of the life jackets, first aid kit and other equipment is back on board and in good shape for the season. Finally, review government safety regulations for boating: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/acts-regulations/acts-marine.htm

Inspector Paul Bedard, Manager East Region Traffic and Marine says “Whether you are at the cottage, cruising, fishing, or paddling, we all have a role to play to ensure our time on the water is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Take the booze out of boating to travel safely and enjoy the season.”

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