Alcohol alone has long been proven to be a contributing factor in 40% of boating fatalities across Canada but the legalization of recreational cannabis has the potential to significantly increase this statistic.In response to this, at each of our launches, there will be media conferences put on by local and regional police to discuss emphasize the importance of not consuming ANY alcohol or drugs either before or while boating.
The four survivors clung to floating wreckage and were tossed by Lake Erie's waves for hours.
One man was described as "more dead than alive" when he was rescued.
Although boating related fatalities have trended downwards in past years, there continues to be an average of over 100 boating related deaths annually in Canadian waters.
With people gearing-up to launch their boats after a long winter slumber, the goal of the week is to continue to bring those numbers down by ensuring that Canadians who head out in any type of boat have the appropriate knowledge to help them have a safe day on the water.
That ship took on 10 to 20 tonnes of cargo, so now the archeologists have a snapshot of 1880s life on the Bruce Peninsula with what kinds of things are there.
Finding the ship is a major discovery for the area, said local marine history author Scott Cameron.
North American Safe Boating Awareness Week will take place across Canada from May 19th to May 25th, 2018.
The purpose of this initiative, managed by the CSBC (Canadian Safe Boating Council) and its partners, is to promote safe and responsible boating practices to the estimated 15 million recreational boaters in Canada.
The coastal steamer ran between Collingwood and Manitoulin with stops along the way, taking on passengers, farm goods and other freight.
Rather cranky, the ship was short and stumpy with a high profile and shallow draft that made it roll heavily in stormy seas and made it difficult to handle, Cameron writes.
They include: - Wear a Lifejacket - Boat Sober - Take a Boating Course - Be Prepared Both You and Your Vessel - Be Aware of the Risks of Cold Water Immersion To help media in communicating safe boating messages, short stories to be used as discrete articles and 30-second audio and video PSAs are available.