SQ Po­lice Beat

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

Po­lice are re­min­ding boa­ters to be proac­tive and alert when ta­king to the wa­ter this ho­li­day sea­son as well as du­ring the rest of the sum­mer.

Sû­re­té du Qué­bec’s wa­ter pa­trol units are out in force on pro­vin­cial lakes and ri­vers to en­sure that laws that are de­si­gned to keep boa­ters and va­ca­tions safe are fol­lo­wed.

Last year SQ wa­ter pa­trol units is­sued near­ly 800 ti­ckets and gave ano­ther 3,700 war­nings across Que­bec.

Plan ahead

And since pre­ven­tion is usual­ly the key to sa­fe­ty, po­lice are al­so sug­ges­ting boa­ters adopt the fol­lo­wing sa­fe­ty tips when on their crafts:

• Make sure all wa­ter crafts have pro­per sa­fe­ty equip­ment on­board, and that all equip­ment is che­cked be­fore each de­par­ture.

• En­sure there are enough life ja­ckets of ade­quate size for each per­son who will board the boat.

• Al­ways have some form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, whe­ther it be a cel­lu­lar phone or a ra­dio.

• Plan your iti­ne­ra­ry and check the wea­ther be­fore lea­ving.

• Al­ways have a map of the bo­dy of wa­ter that will be tra­vel­led.

• In­form so­meone of the plan­ned trip. In­clude the iti­ne­ra­ry, boat name and re­gis­tra­tion num­ber, as well as the num­ber of people that will be on­board.

• Take steps to prevent de­hy­dra­tion, heat stroke and hy­po­ther­mia.

• Be aware of the im­pact of cold wa­ter im­mer­sion.

An SQ pro­vin­cial boat sa­fe­ty ef­fort that will be in ef­fect un­til 2015 is ba­sed on edu­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion, in­ter­ven­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

PHO­TO­THÈQUE PHOTOTHEQUE

Boa­ters are re­min­ded to fol­low all laws and adopt safe ha­bits when on the wa­ter. The fourth an­nual Hud­son Car Show will be held on Sa­tur­day.

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