Safe sailing

Justin Dickie
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

RCMP taking message to county waterways

TIDNISH - Whether the water is smooth as glass or the waves are wreaking havoc, Const. Paul Calder is making sure you're operating your pleasure craft as safely as possible.

Safe sailing

TIDNISH - Whether the water is smooth as glass or the waves are wreaking havoc, Const. Paul Calder is making sure you're operating your pleasure craft as safely as possible.

The Cumberland RCMP gets the police boat out of Pictou for at least two weeks every summer to go out and patrol local waters - mainly in the Tidnish River and Northport areas.

Calder said adherence to boat safety regulations usually isn't a problem, but it's always necessary to check just in case.

"It's like saying we find people aren't speeding so we'll take highway patrol away. You still need that reminder," Calder said Thursday on an afternoon patrol up the Tidnish River. "It's always good to keep refreshing people's memories. Overall the compliance rate we're finding is high."

When Calder does a routine check on somebody operating his or her pleasure craft, he takes out his Compliance Notification Booklet and gets the operator's information and notes any safety gear missing on the vessel.

The checklist lets the boater know what's needed to comply with regulations rather than slapping them with hefty fines on the first stop.

"My line of thinking has always been we don't have a boat up here full-time. So to get a boat here for a week, and go out and charge everybody for everything under the sun, you're not really doing anybody any favours," Calder said. "The main idea is to let people know when I pull them over I'm not going to charge them for the fact they don't have a buoyant heaving line on board, however as long as you realize if I were to charge you, that's $100.

"Safety is the main thing."

Calder said the biggest issue on the checks is to make sure everyone has a proper Personal Floatation Device.

"We encourage people to wear them, but the law requirement is to make sure there's one for every person on board and to make sure they're in good repair and to make sure they fit properly," he said. "I refer to PFDs as the seatbelts of the sea."

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Tidnish River, Pictou, Northport

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments