Police Warn Boaters of Cold Water
The OPP are reminding boaters of the importance of safety equipment, especially with unforgiving cold water and increasingly shorter days.
Police say it is especially important during cold water seasons to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), which can make unexpected mishaps survivable.
Police advise the you make sure you are well-dressed and consider taking a few extra warming items on board. Boaters and others working and playing near water need to remember that the colder the water is, the less rescue time there is!
Before heading out, it is important to conduct a thorough check of your boat and safety equipment. Vessels under 20 feet long require a PFD for everyone on board, an anchor or paddle, a floating rope, bailer, whistle or horn, waterproof flash light, fire extinguisher and navigation lights. Vessels 20 to 30 feet long also require six flares and a lifebuoy. Canoes and other small vessels require PFDs for everyone, a 15-metre floating rope, bailer, whistle or sounding device and a flashlight if dark, foggy or rainy.