Another boating season in the Okanagan is underway, and RCMP will be out patrolling the lakes.
“We will be checking boats to make sure they have the required safety equipment on board,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson.
Police remind power boat operators to carry their pleasure craft operators licence on board.
Police say basic safety equipment for most vessels consists of an approved lifejacket for each passenger, a buoyant heaving line, a bailer or manual bilge pump, one paddle or anchor, one water tight flash light and one sound signalling device. Most power vessels also require a 5BC fire extinguisher to be on board.