The nautical patrol is part of the mandate of the Sûreté du Québec and is a priority of the South District, but also of the Vaudreuil-Dorion RCM service center. The summer of 2021 has been a very busy one for all captains.
(Photo Sûreté du Québec)
During the summer season, a total of 459 boaters were audited. Of these, 45 were removed from the water for various reasons, including an uncertified driver, an invalid registration or a non-compliant boat. In addition, 57 offense notices and 188 nautical warnings were issued to drivers or owners for various offenses related to the necessary equipment on board a boat or in connection with the application of the law on the merchant marine.
Several operations involving driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two have taken place. Unfortunately, a death occurred involving a boater who died during a bad maneuver aboard his sailboat in the Saint-Zotique region.
Dockside blitz on June 23rd
On June 23rd, to mark the start of the season, police officers and cadets from the Sûreté du Québec conducted a dockside prevention day by visiting all of the region’s boating facilities.
Summer 2021 dockside checks
Throughout the summer, the nautical patrol boats, helped by their partners in the surveillance of the territory and the cadets of the Sûreté du Québec, carried out more than thirty hours of intervention with the boaters at the dock.
Very active cadets
The cadets carried out approximately 20 hours of dockside operations throughout the region to distribute documentation and provide safety advice in support of the RCM police officers.