RCMP find boat infractions

The RCMP have been out on Mara, Okanagan, Kalamalka and Mara lakes

Rule-breakers continue  to hit the water.

Over the past week, the RCMP have been out on  Mara, Okanagan, Kalamalka and Mara lakes.

“They issued 75 warnings for various boating infractions,” said Gord Molendyk, detachment spokesperson.

There were eight charges for no boaters’ license and two for no spotters on board a boat.

“Pulling a skier without a spotter is a criminal offence,” said Molendyk.

“Boaters can be charged criminally or under the Canada Shipping Act and the fine is $ 287.”

The police believe most boaters are compliant with regulations.

“All boaters are very positive when being checked out on the water,” said Molendyk.

The RCMP continues to work with Transport Canada to provide the pleasure craft courtesy check program at local boat launches.

“A trained boating safety inspector will board your boat to verify required safety equipment is onboard and other requirements are in place,” said Molendyk.

“Inspectors will identify any problems, provide information on potential fines and discuss general boating safety issues. Since there are no penalties involved, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about safety and make sure that you are ready to head out on the water.”

Basic safety equipment includes life jackets, paddles, a sound signalling device, a fire extinguisher and a flashlight.

For more information on recreational boat safety equipment requirements, contact rural programs co-ordinator Warren Smith at 250-550-7843.