OPP Warn Boaters Of Debris In The Water
The OPP are issuing a warning to early season boaters saying that although many lakes are still ice covered, the recent surge of melt water will likely begin to break up the ice pack and open the waterways to navigation. The OPP are reminding boaters that the thaw, combined with recent flooding, has left a massive amount of debris floating in area lakes.
Timbers from broken structures, trees, and other debris will be scattered across the lakes and may be very difficult to see when partially submerged. Police say that striking debris poses a serious hazard and can be catastrophic to a vessel and its passengers.
Police say boaters should be on the lookout for debris and ensure your vessel's safety equipment is functioning properly and in place, and if you're boating alone tell someone what your plan is, where you're going and when you expect to return. Police remind you to dress appropriately for the weather and remember that life jackets work best when they're worn.