Amherstburg police conduct annual boat safety inspection

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

With boating season in full swing, the Amherstburg Police Service is ensuring that boaters are acting safely and sensibly.

Amherstburg police held its annual Vessel Safety Inspection last Sunday at Ranta Marina alongside officers from the Windsor Police Service, LaSalle Police Service and OPP. During the event, boaters had the opportunity to have their vessels inspected for free by qualified inspectors.

“Everyone who has a boat, for the most part, they want to make sure they’re safe out there and prepared for any emergencies that may happen,” said Sr. Const. Tim Ford of Amherstburg police

Sr. Const. Tim Ford of the Amherstburg Police Service inspects lifejackets during their annual Vessel Safety Inspection at Ranta Marina on June 29. Photo by Adam D’Andrea

Sr. Const. Tim Ford of the Amherstburg Police Service inspects lifejackets during their annual Vessel Safety Inspection at Ranta Marina on June 29. Photo by Adam D’Andrea

. “All these regulations are put in place by Transport Canada and they’re meant to protect all boaters.”

Ford, who is in charge of Amherstburg police’s marine unit, said inspectors check equipment such as lifejackets, horns, lights and fire extinguishers and make sure all the equipment is up to date and certified. Having expired or inadequate safety equipment on your boat could have serious implications, said Ford.

“If there’s a problem on your boat and you don’t have enough lifejackets for the amount of people on board, people can die from drowning,” he said. “Just a simple thing like putting lifejackets on your boat, it’s a very simple step to saving someone’s life.”

According to the Canadian Red Cross, 98 per cent of Canadian parents think children should be wearing lifejackets but the majority of children who drown while boating aren’t wearing one. More than four out of five children who drown while boating are either not wearing a lifejacket or wearing one improperly.

Aside from getting your vessel inspected, Ford said there are a few simple steps to staying safe during the boating season.

“Pay attention to the radio and the weather reports. If the weather’s questionable I’d really have a question about going out in the open water,” said Ford. “Other than that, drive your boat safely. Drinking and driving is foremost in that, and be sensible out there.”

 

(Photo cutline: Sr. Const. Tim Ford of the Amherstburg Police Service inspects lifejackets during their annual Vessel Safety Inspection at Ranta Marina on June 29. Photo by Adam D’Andrea.)

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