The South Simcoe Police Service is using an incident involving a boat taking on water on Monday as a teaching moment for other boaters.
Police responded to reports an 18-foot vessel was taking on water after losing power on Cook’s Bay around 3:00 p.m. Monday. Officers arrived to find three people bailing water out of the craft amid two-metre waves. The boat was towed by police to shore with no injuries or property damage reported. Everyone had life jackets and all required safety equipment was on board.
While this incident did have a positive outcome, police are reminding boaters to take some extra precautions while boating in the fall:
- Check the weather forecast before heading out and expect the unexpected.
- Ensure your boat and engine are in good working order.
- Have all the required safety equipment aboard
- Leave a float plan with a responsible person onshore. In the fall, there are fewer boaters on the water to help, if needed.
- Wear a life jacket or PFD.
- Dress for the water temperature. This can help slow the progression of hypothermia should you find yourself in the water.
- Ensure you have a fully charged cell phone.