Marine patrol nets charges

the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP is continuing to conduct routine marine patrol.
As a result of recent patrols, the following charges were laid:
•On July 14, a 53-year-old male from White Bear Lake, Mn. was charged after officers stopped a vessel on Rainy Lake and found there was an insufficient number of life jackets on board.
This particular offence carries a fine of $240.
•Also on July 14 at 1:40 p.m., a 79-year-old male from Clatskanie, Ore. was charged under the Liqour Licence Act after officers conducted a vessel check near Green Island on Rainy Lake and found liquor on board.
Later that same day, at 3:06 p.m., a 56-year-old male from International Falls, Mn. was charged when officers checked his vessel just under the Noden Causeway on Rainy Lake and found open liquor on board.
The liquor was seized on both occasions, and each male were issued a $125 fine under the Liquor Licence Act.
•On July 13, officers charged a 29-year-old Alberton Township male after they checked a vessel near Campfire Island on Rainy Lake.
The vessel was equipped with an in-board fuel tank, however the operator failed to have the mandatory fire extinguisher on board.
He subsequently was charged.
•Also on July 13, officers charged a 66-year-old male from International Falls, Mn. after they observed him operating his vessel without anyone else in the boat to provide a lookout.
The male was on Rainy Lake and had been pulling two teenagers behind his boat on a water tube.
The OPP reminds the public that this legislation is in place to ensure the safety of all involved while participating in activities involving vessels and those being towed behind (i.e. waterskiing or tubing).
Every year, the OPP responds to several marine occurrences throughout the year and some have ended in tragic circumstances.
Many of these incidents could have been prevented if the operators and their passengers wore their life jackets, or refrained from the use of alcohol or other intoxicants while out on the water.
Set the example, especially for children in your vessel, by wearing your life jacket and refraining from alcohol consumption.