Multiple charges laid on the waters of Southern Georgian Bay last weekend

There was no rest for the Ontario Provincial Police Marine Unit this past weekend.

The crew spent 32 hours patrolling the waters around Midland, Penetanguishene, and Tiny and Tay Townships checking vessels for proper equipment and operators for sobriety.

Three youths tossed from vessel after colliding with a wake at Penetang Harbour on Friday

A number of charges were laid, including:

  • one for careless operation of a vessel related to a collision
  • one for not having a spotter while towing a person behind
  • two for life jacket violations
  • two for not having an original copy of a Pleasure Craft Operators Card
  • three for not having a copy of vessel registration
  • three for not having the proper safety equipment onboard
  • five for speeding

In addition, officers handed out 47 warnings for minor infractions.

Young vessel operators and passengers observed wearing their Life Jacket continue to be rewarded by officers with the popular “I Got Caught Wearing My Life Jacket” T-Shirt program.