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Young mariners get 'caught' by OPP on the water

OPP officers were on the water for more than 30 hours this week checking vessels
OPP officers were out on the water this weekend and rewarding young mariners who were wearing their lifejackets.

The Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police officially kicked off the summer on area waterways this week.

While on the OPP patrol vessel Thomas P. Coffin, officers rewarded some young mariners who "Got Caught Wearing Their Lifejackets" as the officers were checking vessels and operators for equipment and signs of impairment.

The patrol took place from June 17-20.

Several vessels with young mariners as passengers were checked by officers and the mariners were rewarded for wearing their lifejackets by being given "I Got Caught Wearing My Lifejacket" t-shirts.

Officers were on waterways patrol for over 30 hours, checking 24 vessels and their occupants with 10 operators being educated for minor violations of the Canada Shipping Act with three other operators being charged for violations under the same act.

Two operators were charged with lifejacket offences, one operator was charged with a liquor related offence and three operators had to submit to a Roadside Screening Device, all with a pass result.

Officers also responded to one call for service and there were no reported vessel collisions during this time.