Boating deaths in Ontario double

Police boat cruiser. Danielle Bell/QMI Agency

Police boat cruiser. Danielle Bell/QMI Agency

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 5:34 PM ET

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.


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