Over the weekend RCMP from Lac du Bonnet and the RCMP Inland Water Transport Unit took to the rivers and lakes in the eastern part of the province to conduct boat patrols.
Between July 2 and July 4 the units patrolled the Winnipeg River, Lee River, Bird River as well as the northern Whiteshell chain of lakes into Pinawa.
During their time on the water 17 deficiency notices were issued, three charges were laid for the unlawful transportation of liquor on a vessel, two charges were laid for allowing someone under 16 to operate a personal watercraft and one charge for was handed out for operating a vessel in a careless manner and without due care.
“For the most part, people are out enjoying the water and being courteous of others doing the same,” said S/Sgt Bob Chabot, Commander of the RCMP Inland Water Transportation Unit. “Unfortunately, you get a few people who are operating their vessel in an unsafe manner or who think it is okay to have alcohol on board. Neither are acceptable. That is why we are out on the waterways and patrolling.”
Officers also responded to two calls for stranded boaters that needed help.
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