Boating safety urged

Spring has finally taken hold across Canada and boaters are back on the water.

Spring has finally taken hold across Canada and boaters are back on the water.

When getting back out onto the water after the long winter, the Canadian Safe Boating Council recommends several key points.

o Always wear your life jacket or PFD because it can save your life.

o Do not consume alcohol while you are out boating.

o Remember to take a boating course.

o Always make sure you and your boat are prepared.

o Keep in mind that there are risks when entering the cold water.

o Make sure there is a way to get back on your boat if you were to fall overboard and you’re  alone.

Boating-related fatalities continue to decline year over year but statistics provided by the Lifesaving Society report that the numbers hit 102 across Canada in 2015.