Everyone is encouraged to practice safe boating and not to drink and boat this summer. While the summer boating season is in full swing, West Parry Sound OPP would like to raise attention to safe water and boating practices and the risks of boating under the influence. Police say children require constant supervision around all water from ponds, pools, beaches, lakes, and on the boat and drownings can and do happen where there is minimal water and when you least expect it. Officers also say alcohol is a factor in nearly 40% of boating incidents in Canada and there are intensifying factors such as sun, wind, and rocking of the vessel that can greatly increase the effects of alcohol on the water. Acting Staff Sergeant Detachment Commander Peter Peever says to make this summer unforgettable for your family, do not drink and boat and always wear a personal flotation device. To become informed about boating safety and to view instructional videos about safety equipment, life jacket inspections, vessel loading, pre-departure checks, and more, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council website at: www.csbc.ca.