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Kelowna RCMP demands boater safety over this long Canadian Day weekend

After two recent deaths in the Okanagan waterway,Kelowna RCMPhas asked the public to practicesafe boatsinCanada. I am calling to.A long weekend.

This is the first long weekend of Canada Day since 2019, COVID-19 restrictions do not interfere with the plan,Okanagan Lakeis a tryr Incorporate the heat of summer, which can be a hotspot for you.

"Yes, the weather is nice and it will be pretty busy like a lot of people. It will be a good time," said boater Jonah Ragstale.

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However, after the local government recently found two drowned victims in the Okanagan waterway, police want to send a clear message to those planning to enjoy time at the lake. I think.

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"Because we're on the water on a boat, the rules apply just like our roads and highways. Will be done, "says Kelowna RCMP. Constant Mike Della-Paolela.

"Boat operators need to be calm."

And because the lake level is still high from the spring outflow, police are on the debris floating on the boaters. We call attention to special attention.

"There are a lot of debris, a lot of logs, and some of them are invisible, especially when the sun goes down late in the evening," said De La Paolera. We are driving at high speed on a boat, so there may be logs there.

He added, "So there are debris there and you can't do much about it, so the boat operator needs to know that."

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Police say they will do their best on the water and on the road this weekend after bringing in about 50 additional officers from other detachments.

"We are busy and ready, but everyone needs to be safe and attentive," said Dela Paolera.

The Kelowna Yacht Club offers a free hands-on boater safety course for the second year in a row, offering safe boat tips. Those who complete the program will also receive a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

The club's managing director states that this course is important for anyone who wants to enjoy safe boating.

"The course is very important, so I think the water part is very important, but for those who haven't taken it this weekend or have no time, I Will say that he is very careful there, "said Tom Killing Swath, executive director of the Kelowna Yacht Club.

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"Many people are very busy and probably not ready."

Kelowna boat rental companies are also doing everything possible to ensure the safety of their users and prepare for the influx of boaters.

"Life jackets, buoys, dock lines, all necessary safety equipment. Registration is always 100% boated," said Luke McMillan, an employee of the Okanagan Luxury Boat Club. ..

"We want to make sure our clients and members are 100% safe and the boats are perfect."

RCMP is also on the water. If you find something unusual or unsafe in, we want to remind everyone to dial a 911 or RCMP non-emergency line.

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