ORILLIA, Ont. — A sharp uptick of boating fatalities in Ontario already this summer has prompted police to issue a warning to boaters to wear life-jackets.
Only a week into summer, 11 people have died boating in the province, compared to just five at this time last year.
Nine of those who died were not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD).
"Our officers have come to expect that when they recover deceased boating victims, the overwhelming majority of them will not be wearing a PFD or life-jacket," said Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair. “This year's marine tragedies demonstrate once again that, when not worn, a PFD or lifejacket is useless safety equipment.”
Alcohol was a factor in at least three other deaths.
A lack of safety equipment and cold water conditions were also blamed in some of the fatalities.