Hamilton Police Service Marine Unit and Hamilton Port Authority Harbour Master’s Office/Port Patrol renew campaign to keep recreational boaters safe.

Boating season is upon us, and the Hamilton Police Service Marine Unit and Hamilton Port Authority Harbour Master’s Office/Port Patrol are continuing to engage recreational boaters with an ongoing boating safety campaign.

Now in its second year, ‘Operation Safe & Sober’ focuses on tips to stay safe while enjoying the water this boating season. The information is a refresher on safety practices all boaters should know, like wearing a life jacket, and not drinking and boating.

Operation Safe & Sober also addresses an issue that is particularly relevant to Hamilton Harbour: how to safely share the Harbour with large commercial cargo ships.  Close to 600 large commercial vessels sail into Hamilton Harbour each year.  Recreational boaters, especially those visiting from elsewhere, may not be used to seeing or navigating around large ships.  These vessels have limited maneuverability and small craft need to be visible and steer clear.

The Marine Unit and Harbour Master’s Office/Port Patrol will be reaching out directly to recreational boaters on the water and at local marinas throughout the season.  Our priority is the safety of all waterways users.  You can expect to see police actively patrolling and conducting vessel safety inspections in Hamilton Harbour and Western Lake Ontario.  Our goal is to promote and increase boater safety through a combination of education and enforcement.

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Larissa Fenn (Communications)

905-525-4330 ext. 235