Boaters safe af­ter wa­ter­craft flips

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Queens Dis­trict RCMP is re­mind­ing the public about ba­sic safety rules on the wa­ter af­ter a mo­tor­ized wa­ter­craft flipped over in the Char­lot­te­town Har­bour on Sun­day.

The peo­ple who were thrown in the wa­ter ended up be­ing as­sisted by other boaters and brought back to shore. The po­lice say no­body was in­jured.

Per­sonal wa­ter­craft like Sead­oos are now part of the mix of com­mer­cial and recre­ational boat­ing in Char­lot­te­town Har­bour, in­clud­ing rental wa­ter­craft.

Cor­ryn Cle­mence, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager with Port Char­lot­te­town, says she is not aware of any con­flicts be­tween com­mer­cial, recre­ational and rental boat­ing ac­tiv­ity in Char­lot­te­town Har­bour.

“There is a boater’s code when there is larger ves­sels go­ing in and out the har­bour, that they need to stay a cer­tain dis­tance, but I haven’t heard of any is­sues,” said Cle­mence.

RCMP has pro­vided the fol­low­ing re­minders to those on the wa­ter:

- Don’t fol­low too closely be­hind other per­sonal wa­ter­craft, quick, sud­den ma­noeu­vres can re­sult in ac­ci­dents;

-Al­ways be on the look­out for ac­tion and other boat­ing traf­fic around you;

-Re­mem­ber, per­sonal wa­ter­craft op­er­a­tion fol­lows the same re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as op­er­at­ing a mo­tor­ized boat;

-Never op­er­ate a per­sonal wa­ter­craft at night;

-Use an ig­ni­tion cutoff switch or lan­yard and at­tach it to your life-jacket. A quick pull on these lan­yards will im­me­di­ately stop the en­gine, pre­vent­ing ac­ci­den­tal ru­n­away.

-Know how to get back on a per­sonal wa­ter­craft in case you hap­pen to fall off.

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