May 17, 2014 8:37 pm

Police urge safety on the water as boating season kicks off in B.C.

As the boating season in B.C. kicks off, officials are encouraging boaters to review the rules of being out on the water.

Police say it’s astounding how many people aren’t aware of marine safety rules, including how fast to go in certain areas and when to give way to other vessels.

Last year, 70 people drowned in B.C. while out on the water and just last week, a young woman died while canoeing on Slocan Lake.

Three young men are missing and presumed drowned in the same incident.

Boaters are urging others to be as safe as possible and not to take risks while out on the water.

“We’ve got all the life jackets, flares, required safety equipment, boater safety course and licence, so we’re good for the season,” said boater Mike Pruss.

The Vancouver Police Marine Squad will be doing a series of checks on the water this weekend, marking the start of Safe Boating Awareness Week.

Other police departments around B.C. say they will also be checking for proper safety equipment.

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