Family warned about life-jackets

Family out on pedal boat on Kalamalka Lake turned back to shore for not having life-jackets

A couple holding on to a six-month child in a pedal boat didn’t make it very far out into the water.

Conservation officers working Kalamalka Lake saw the trio in their pedal boat were not wearing any life-jackets.

“They didn’t have any on board,” said Sgt. Josh Lockwood of the conservation service, which assists RCMP out on the area’s lakes and rivers.

“They didn’t get very far from shore before they were turned back.”

Lockwood said boat activity on Kal Lake was very high, creating rough waters for such devices as a pedal boat.

“It is very possible to get tossed and chucked into the water by an errant wave,” he said. “We want to remind the public that if you’re on a flotation device on a lake that you are navigating, you are required to have life-jackets on that device,” said Lockwood, who also reminded stand-up paddle boarders that they, too, must have life-jackets on board.

Two other things caught the eye of conservation officers on the weekend.

Four boaters were ticketed for not having an operators card and several personal water craft (PWC) operators riding PWCs from a rental company were warned that the life-jackets they were wearing from the rental facility were not Transport Canada approved in that the jackets were torn and needed repairing.

“If you rent from facilities, make sure the equipment you’re getting, because you are responsible for that, is Transport Canada approved,” said Lockwood.

The investigation into that file has been turned over to Transport Canada in Kelowna, who will follow up with the unidentified rental agency.