RCMP urge caution to boaters out on Lake Country lakes

Among the concerns are reckless operation, speed and a lack of boat lights

Cst. Kris Clark is urging boaters to be careful while out on local lakes.

Boating season is upon us and the RCMP would like to remind boaters to drive responsibly and stay safe on the water.

Before heading out on to the lake, ensure that all of the required equipment is available and in good working order.

“Most, if not all, boating collisions can be avoided,” said Cst. Kris Clark, with the RCMP.

Some of the most common causes of boating collisions are:

Careless / Reckless Operation – a person operating a vessel in a negligent or grossly negligent manner and/or interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of a person

Excessive Speed – speed above that which a reasonable and prudent person would have operated under the circumstances that existed. It is not necessarily a speed in excess of the posted limit

Lack of or Improper Boat Lights – insufficient and/or improper lights shown by a boat that indicate course, position, and occupation, such as fishing or towing

  • No red, green, or white light

  • Navigation lights hidden/covered

  • Spot lights and/or docking lights used by a boat operator that interfere with the visibility of the operator of another boat. Docking lights used as“headlights while navigating at night, very common occurrence on Okanagan lakes

No Proper Lookout – The failure of the operator to perceive danger because no one was serving as lookout or the person so serving failed in that regard

Operator Inattention – failure on the part of the operator to pay attention to the vessel, its occupants, or the environment in which the vessel is operating

Operator Inexperience – lack of practical experience or knowledge in operating the boat involved in the accident

Rules of the Road Infraction – Violation of the statutory or regulatory rules governing the navigation of vessels

Wake Jumping

Equipment Failure

  • Auxiliary equipment failure

  • Communications equipment failure

  • Fire extinguisher not serviceable

  • Sail dismasted

  • Seat broke loose

  • Sound producing equipment failed

  • Visual distress signals failed

  • Machinery Failure

  • Electric system failure

  • Engine failure

  • Fuel system failure

  • Shift failure

  • Steering system failure

  • Throttle failure