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Busy weekend on the water for OPP

Investigations included one collision, several safety checks and several checks for impaired operation of a marine craft
Thomas P.Coffin
Photo supplied by Ontario Provincial Police
MIDLAND, ON - Members of the OPP Marine Unit attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted 47 hours of marine patrol on the waters of Georgian Bay including Six Mile Lake during July 13-19, 2020. The marine unit members checked 115 vessels and their operators for any signs of impairment and for having all of the required equipment. Extra patrol time was also dedicated to the areas off of Giant's Tomb Island observing for liquor infractions and assisting with trespassing issues on Beckwith and Hope Islands.

Those vessel checks resulted in the following infractions being investigated-

  • One vessel operator was ticketed for failing to have sufficient Life Jackets for all persons aboard.
  • 13 warnings were conveyed to vessel operators by the officers for various marine equipment issues.

Drinking and Driving Investigations on the water

  • 12 operators provided breath samples into the Roadside Screening Device (ASD)
  • 12 vessel operators "passed" on the ASD.

Marine Collision Investigation

At 4:52 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020, OPP marine officers attended a two-vessel crash involving a 20' Kingfisher and a 23' Larson off the west side of Beausoleil Island. There were no injuries and minor damage to the involved vessels, cause of the crash is under investigation.

For more information on "Rules of the Road" for vessel operators please view the chapters included in this website

The Marine Unit also visited four area marina's and made themselves available for marine educational questions from marina patrons and conducted two property checks during their patrol time. Officers remind boaters to view the following link that includes videos providing information about the consumption of alcohol and cannabis while on a vessel.

Boaters should also check the following websites and comply with any restrictions before planning to go ashore on your favourite island in Georgian Bay.

Beausoleil First Nations Lands

Georgian Bay Islands National Park 

Georgian Bay Township 

Officers crewing the OPP patrol vessel's remind all vessel operators that they are checking for vessel equipment and for liquor offences which they are vigorously enforcing in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our area waterways this summer. For more information on safe vessel operation and equipment please view the following website and the attached Safe and Sober Awareness Committee poster

Police remind operators that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways. Educating the public about safe vessel operating practices is a priority.