Southern Alberta man charged with impaired boating

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A 36-year-old Crowsnest Pass, Alta., man is facing charges, accused of operating a boat while impaired.

On the evening of Aug. 11, Pincher Creek Emergency Services and the RCMP received a 9-1-1 call from a boater on the Oldman Reservoir in distress after his boat had quit.

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With thunderstorms moving into the region, the boat was located shortly after on the Crowsnest River arm of the reservoir, sitting on a shallow muddy area.

The boat was carrying the suspect along with a 32-year-old woman and 7-year-old child.

Both adults were found to be intoxicated and the man operating the boat was arrested and charged with impaired care and control of a vessel, as well as liquor offences.

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“This incident involved several emergency departments including two fire departments, Provincial Parks officers and the RCMP,” the mounties said in a news release.

“RCMP remind all boaters that alcohol and boating do not mix, creating a dangerous situation for themselves and other boaters, especially when children are involved.”

RCMP say the penalties for operating or having care and control of a boat while impaired are the same as driving any other motor vehicle.

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