Safety first on the wa­ter

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY JOHN RENNISON

The Hamil­ton po­lice ma­rine unit will be pa­trolling the bay this civic hol­i­day long week­end, seek­ing com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tions around re­quired safety equip­ment on boats and zero con­sump­tion of al­co­hol while boats are un­der­way.

Boaters can only con­sume al­co­hol when tied up to a dock, and if the boats have a gal­ley and some sort of wash­room.

Hamil­ton po­lice saw a 53 per cent in­crease in search and res­cue calls last month. There has been one boat­ing re­lated drown­ing this year.

Top: The Hamil­ton po­lice ma­rine unit Ma­rine One heads out to pa­trol the bay Fri­day, mak­ing sure boaters and boats are safe. Above: Hamil­ton po­lice ma­rine unit’s Ben Rush­ton, left, and Chris New­berry pa­trolling the bay Fri­day. Left: Hamil­ton po­lice ma­rine unit’s Ben Rush­ton talks to a group of boaters on the bay Fri­day ahead of the long week­end. For a video on the pa­trol please go to thespec.com

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