EAST ALGOMA DETACHMENTS STATISTICS FOR MAY 2018
(EAST ALGOMA, ON) - During the month of May, 2018 the East Algoma Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 846 calls for service and conducted numerous hours of patrol time. Some of those calls were:
- 16 Driving related offences
- 56 Property and Vehicle related calls
- 82 Provincial statutes
- 29 Violent Crime related calls
- 41 Property Crime related calls
- 6 Drug related calls
With the nice weather in place, more people are hitting the lakes and enjoying water related activities and pleasure craft. Stand-up paddleboards are more common today than they've ever been.
Stand-up paddleboarding is a paddling activity whereby the operator navigates standing on a surf board and uses a paddle. Stand-up paddleboarding evolved out of surfing, and has become a means of navigation on water bodies across Canada, including rivers, lakes and oceans.
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As a relatively new type of small vessel, stand-up paddleboards are not specifically referenced in the Regulations, and are therefore treated the same as other human powered pleasure craft (e.g. sit-on-top kayaks, canoes), with the same safety equipment carriage requirements. When used for navigation, stand-up paddleboards must be equipped with the following: an approved personal flotation device or lifejacket, 15 m of buoyant heaving line, a sound-signalling device (e.g. a whistle), navigation lights (if the vessel is operated between sunset and sunrise), and a magnetic compass when operated beyond sight of seamarks. Non-navigation activities are not subject to the mandatory carriage of safety equipment (e.g. surfing, stand-up paddleboard yoga).
In practice, the operation of stand-up paddleboards is similar to the operation of sit-on-top kayaks and other sealed-hull vessels. Currently, an exception is provided under the Regulations, stating that if every person on board a paddleboat, a watercycle or sealed-hull, sit-on-top kayak is wearing a personal flotation device or lifejacket of an appropriate size, the paddleboat, watercycle or kayak is required to carry on board only a sound-signalling device and, if the paddleboat, watercycle or kayak is operated after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility, a watertight flashlight. The exemption removes the requirement to carry 15 m of buoyant heaving line, and motivates the wearing of personal flotation devices or lifejackets.