Im­paired care and con­trol of a boat on Old­man Reser­voir

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

On Au­gust 11, at 8:30 p.m. Pincher Creek Emer­gency Ser­vices and RCMP re­ceived a 911 call from a boater on the Old­man Reser­voir that his boat had quit and they were in peril.

With lim­ited in­for­ma­tion and thun­der storms mov­ing in Pincher Creek Fire, Cow­ley Fire and the RCMP re­sponded to the North Fork boat launch.

The boater and boat were lo­cated on the Crowsnest River arm of the reser­voir, where they were sit­ting on a shal­low muddy area. In the boat was a 36-year-old male from Crowsnest Pass, a 32-year-old fe­male and a 7-year-old child.

The adults were found to be in­tox­i­cated, the male op­er­a­tor of the boat was ar­rested and sub­se­quently charged for im­paired care and con­trol of a ves­sel, as well as liquor of­fences.

This in­ci­dent in­volved sev­eral emer­gency de­part­ments in­clud­ing two fire de­part­ments, Pro­vin­cial Parks of­fi­cers, and the RCMP.

RCMP re­mind all boaters that al­co­hol and boat­ing do not mix, cre­at­ing a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion for them­selves and other boaters, es­pe­cially when chil­dren are in­volved.

The penalty and con­se­quences for op­er­at­ing or hav­ing care and con­trol of a boat are the same as driv­ing any mo­tor ve­hi­cle, and any one charged op­er­at­ing a ves­sel while im­paired is also pro­hib­ited from op­er­at­ing any mo­tor ve­hi­cle, and their driv­ers li­cence is seized and sus­pended un­der the Pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tion.

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