RCMP increasing enforcement on Southwest lakes

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The Swift Current Rural RCMP will have an increased presence around Lac Pelletier, Antelope Lake, Duncairn Dam, and Sask Landing for the remainder of the summer in response to increased complaints over unsafe boats on these bodies of water.

The Swift Current Rural RCMP have recently received numerous complaints regarding unsafe boating practices and boaters entering cordoned off swimming areas at Lac Pelletier Regional Park.

To ensure that safe boating practices are being followed the RCMP will be issuing fines to violators throughout the remainder of the boating season.

Police would like to remind boaters of the following safety practices recommended by Transport Canada:

- Never buzz, cut in front of swimmers, or try to jump another boat's wake; many boating accidents occur when speed and distance are misjudged.  

- Be courteous to others; The boat's wake can be a risk for swimmers and small vessels, be aware of your wake and choose your speed accordingly.

- Always operate your boat at a safe speed which is dependent on the current visibility and weather conditions, the boat's ability to change direction, how many other boats are in your vicinity, and the presence of hazards such as tree stumps and rocks.

- When towing a water-skiier a spotter person is required, and there must be an empty seat on board the boat in case the person being towed needs to board the vessel.

- Always wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device when on a boat.

For further information on the rules and regulations of boat safety visit the Transport Canada website at www.tc.gc.ca.

Organizations: RCMP, Transport Canada

Geographic location: Antelope Lake, Lac Pelletier Regional Park, Duncairn Dam Sask Landing

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