Two people charged after inflatable boat rescue on Georgian Bay

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Two boaters are facing charges after their inflatable boat drifted away from shore and they had to be rescued by police near Wasaga Beach, Ont.

On May 26, the Huronia West detachment marine unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to rescue the pair after their dinghy drifted five kilometres away from shore and began taking on water.

Fortunately, police say the individuals—a 30-year-old and 32-year-old who are both from North York—were unharmed. However, they were both charged with having care or control of a boat underway with an open container of alcohol.

Under the Ontario Liquor License Act, boaters are prohibited from having open containers of alcohol on board a moving vessel. The law and its penalties are the same as for motor vehicles.

One of the boaters received an additional charge of operating a human-powered pleasure craft without prescribed life-saving equipment.

Const. Mike Osborne is reminding the public to ensure they have proper safety equipment while on vessels.

“Equipping your boat with the necessary gear is essential for promoting responsible boating practices, and ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water,” he says.

Osborne adds that around Georgian Bay, in particular, water levels can be quite shallow around the shoreline. This can lead boaters and swimmers alike to head out much further from shore than intended.

“Two kilometres off the shoreline can become five kilometres really fast,” says Osborne. “Be aware, and make sure your boat is set up with all the required safety equipment.”

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