Po­lice marine unit res­cues more boaters from Hamil­ton Har­bour

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Hamil­ton po­lice are re­mind­ing the public to prac­tice safe boat­ing, af­ter the marine unit res­cued four peo­ple from a boat that was tak­ing on wa­ter in Hamil­ton Har­bour.

The lat­est res­cue, on Sun­day around 3 p.m., comes a week af­ter a 51-year-old man drowned and three peo­ple — in­clud­ing two chil­dren — were res­cued af­ter their boat was swamped when it made a sharp turn in choppy wa­ter.

Hamil­ton po­lice said the lat­est case could have “ended in tragedy,” but all four peo­ple on board the 2014 Sea-Doo bowrider ves­sel were wear­ing life-jack­ets, and the boaters called 911 im­me­di­ately. No one was in­jured.

In the ear­lier drown­ing, the vic­tim was not wear­ing a life-jacket and drowned de­spite be­ing found cling­ing to a life pre­server.

Both in­ci­dents oc­curred on sunny, Sun­day af­ter­noons when winds pro­duced strong waves, with some boats be­com­ing swamped by waves. Po­lice warn smaller boats are more sus­cep­ti­ble to swamp­ing.

This past Sun­day winds were gust­ing out of the south­west at about 37 km/h, with “choppy waves” up­wards of one me­tre high, po­lice said.

The Hamil­ton po­lice marine unit re­minds boaters to al­ways make sure the boat and those on board are fully pre­pared, in­clud­ing hav­ing all safety equip­ment, wear­ing life­jack­ets, check­ing weather con­di­tions and not over­load­ing the boat.

High wa­ter lev­els in Lake On­tario this year have not im­pacted boat­ing safety, ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Canada. The high lev­els do not im­pact waves or cur­rents, said Der­rick Beach, a se­nior wa­ter re­sources en­gi­neer.

Wa­ter lev­els reached an all-time high on May 29 but have dropped since then. They re­main at about 75.73 me­tres — 70 cm over av­er­age.


It was an­other busy week­end for the Hamil­ton po­lice marine unit.

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