Every child in a boat checked by Greater Sudbury Police Service over the long weekend was caught wearing a lifejacket.
Through Operation Dry Water, conducted in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, officers checked a total of 53 vessels on a number of waterways including Lake Wanapitei, Whitewater Lake, Ramsey Lake, Fairbanks Lake and Wanapitei River.
Marine officers handed out 24 “I was caught wearing my lifejacket” T-shirts to youths wearing their lifejacket.
However, the majority of adults were not wearing their lifejackets, but did have them accessible.
“Everyone is encouraged to wear their personal floatation device in the event of an emergency,” said Greater Sudbury Police Service in a news release.
Twelve information pamphlets were issued to operators outlining safe boating practices and information regarding potential charges. Two deficiency reports were issued to operators regarding missing equipment and failing to produce the Certificate of Vessel Registry.