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Police Conduct Boat Patrols


Last week, Dauphin RCMP and the Manitoba RCMP Inland Water Transport Unit, along with Manitoba conservation officers, conducted boat patrols on Dauphin Lake to ensure boating regulations, fishing regulations and impaired driving laws were being followed.

Officers conducted several stops on the lake and took the opportunity to educate the public on safe boating practices.

There were six boats found to be non-compliant with regulations. Altogether, those potential fines totalled $7,140. However, no fines were issued.

One ticket was issued for fishing without a licence.

“Two boats that were stopped were found to be fully compliant,” said Const. Romain Sarradell of the Dauphin RCMP detachment. “They had all their safety equipment, their vessel was in proper working order, and one had a very friendly dog on board, too.”

Police would like to remind everyone to be cautious on the water.

“It is important to have all safety equipment on board, as well as the proper training on how to use the safety equipment and operate the vessel” said Staff Sgt Bob Chabot, commander of the Inland Water Transport Unit. “We want everyone to enjoy their summer, and the best way to do so is by having some fun out there on the water and then getting home safely at the end of the day.”

For more information on safe boating practices and a list of safety equipment needed on your vessel, visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council’s website at www.csbc.ca.