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Two canoers on Lake Simcoe issued notices for no life jackets, open liquor on board

Police say the two canoe occupants were struggling to paddle in the middle of the lake
2021-04-15 OPP Marine Unit DMH
OPP Marine Unit file photo

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 3:00 p.m., the South Simcoe Police Service Marine Unit observed a yellow and black inflatable canoe approximately 200 metres off the shore of Big Cedar Point, Lake Simcoe.

There were two female occupants struggling to paddle in the middle of the lake while there were half metre waves with whitecaps.

Police spoke to the occupants who advised they launched their vessel from Maple Road however had no idea where they were at the time of the stop.

Police observed the following:

  • no life jackets on board
  • no safety equipment on board
  • no communication devices
  • open liquor on board

Police issued two provincial offences notices and the occupants were transported to shore.

Luckily this incident ended safely. We urge you to boat smart. Wear your life jacket, watch the weather, carry a fully charged cell phone, ensure you have the proper safety equipment and always boat sober.