VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you’re planning on hitting the water this long weekend, Don Prittie with Boating BC reminds you to tell someone about your plans in case something goes wrong.
This long weekend marks the beginning of Safe Boating Awareness Week, and Prittie says telling someone staying on land where you’re going could save your life.
“So that if you don’t return at the prescribed time or you haven’t contacted them because of a delay, they know to start asking questions about where you might be and instigating a search,” he says.
Prittie also advises all boaters to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) even though it’s not required.
“The law requires that the boat have the life jackets on board, but doesn’t require people to wear them,” he says. “We strongly urge people to wear your PFDs or your life jackets at all times when underway. When things happen, they happen quickly.”