OPP Marine Unit closes book on ‘successful’ season

No boating-related drownings; just one marine collision

The OPP Marine Unit at Southern Georgian Bay detachment has stowed its gear for another season.

Officers logged more than 24-hundred hours on the water answering 288 calls for service and checking more than 22-hundred vessels for compliance. Calls for service varied between impaired vessel operators, vessels in distress, search and rescue incidents on the water, vessel checks, neighbour and noise complaints, and medical assists with area paramedic and fire services.

More than 300 charges were laid, including 10 for impaired operation. Twenty-nine operators were issued three-day suspensions, which also meant they lost the use of their cars or trucks.

The Southern Georgian Bay Marine Unit did not investigate a boating-related drowning and there was just one reported marine collision in 2020.