Nanaimo Mounties float new boat

Nanaimo RCMP kick off summer marine enforcement with launch of new Zodiac patrol boat.

Police are adding another craft to patrol the waters around Nanaimo.

Nanaimo RCMP kicks off its summertime marine enforcement by launching the newest addition to its fleet of patrol craft, a Zodiac Hurricane, just in time for the start of Safe Boating Week (May 19-25).

The rigid hull inflatable, powered by twin 150-horsepower Evinrude outboard motors, will be used to enforce rules and regulations and help improve awareness of the importance of boating safety.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said police see the boat as a way to continue building positive relationships with the public.

The vessel is scheduled be on the water during the busiest boating times, especially during weekends and special events.

RCMP officers, reservists and auxiliary constables will patrol Nanaimo’s lakes and tidal waters through the summer to take a proactive approach to balancing enforcement with education.

Education will involve safety checks, ensuring the are adequate numbers of life jackets on board pleasure craft, that operators are licensed and that boats are safe to be on the water.

Members will also watch out for impaired boat operators or people operating their boats unsafely.

The new boat will be launched from Brechin Boat Ramp Friday (May 18) at 11 a.m.

For information on boating safety, please visit www.boatingsafety.gc.ca.