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2016 Celebration of Lights

The 2016 Celebration of Light will be taking place in English Bay on July 23rd, 27th and 30th.

Please ensure you take all steps necessary to keep everyone safe on the water. Check tides, weather and hazards for the area and have all required safety gear. Be mindful of commercial traffic and do not pass between a tug and its tow. Coast Guard, RCMSAR, Jericho Rescue and Police can be reached on VHF 16 or by calling 911.

Launching and Recovering

When launching and recovering your vessel, check the tides, have knowledge of your vehicles capabilities, the characters of the ramp and what type of surface is under the water. If your vehicle gets stuck, do not put yourself or others in danger of getting trapped under your vehicle in an attempt to free it. Contact a professional tow company in “ample time” to avoid damage to your vehicle, potential injury and environmental damages.

Many communities struggle with the task of dealing with abandoned and wrecked vessels that may cause
environmental and safety hazards to their waterways and foreshores. In many cases the vessel owners fail
to take responsibility for their vessels. Organizations and responsible boat owners have some options for
resolving this issue. It is recommended early action is taken to avoid cost and damage to the environment.
Stolen Boats Canada is available to post, free of charge, any abandoned or wrecked vessels where your
municipality or agency is attempting to identify an owner. For additional resolutions to this issue, please
check out www.recyclemyboat.com .

Boating Safety

When thinking about what speed you are traveling in your vessel, think in “FEET PER SECOND”. Build into this calculation the “Perception Response Sequence”(PRS) which is the time to (1) Detect a Hazard, (2) Identify the Hazard, (3) Decision on Action and (4) Reaction. Studies have shown that this sequence takes 0.5 to 0.6 seconds under clinical conditions and doesn’t include the amount of time for the vessel to respond to the operator’s actions.

Boating Safety

Several First Responder Agencies have been decreased in service and response capabilities due to budgetary targets. Now more than ever, First Responders are requesting that you
ensure your vessel, safety gear and skill level are prepared. Please take a moment before setting out. Check with local boating safety authorities for safety tips and information.

Deadly Waters

According to the BC Coroners Service more people drown every year in the Interior and specifically in Okanagan Lake than any other area of the province.

Just make sure that you know your waterways, you don't drink and boat, you have your proper equipment and be mindful that weather plays a big factor.

Just a reminder to boat owners, you are responsible for your vessel and any environmental damage that it may cause, even if it is a result of improper anchoring or neglect. Clean up and removal can become extremely expensive and you as the vessel owner may find yourself being held responsible for all costs.
As a vessel owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your vessel is securely anchored and safely operated at all times. Do you know where your vessel is? Do you know what your insurance policy covers?
Operation Securus
The waters of Canada, both tidal and fresh, have many hidden hazards. One of the most hazardous is a “Deadhead” or “Widow Maker”. Deadheads present an extreme hazard to vessels and in tidal areas, deadheads can cause significant damage to marinas and the vessels moored within. Please remember to keep a constant watch and travel at a safe speed. If you spot a deadhead, please contact the Canadian Coast Guard (Pacific Region VHF 83a) or contact them by phone and provide the deadheads position, size, how much of it is showing above the surface and if you were able to safely hammer a marker into it to warn other boaters.
The CCG will give a Securite’ broadcast to warn mariners of the existence of the danger. If you happen to spot a deadhead in the area of a marina, fuel dock, or other floating structure, please make an attempt to notify the facility’s operator in an attempt to mitigate damage to property.

According to the Canadian Red Cross – “On average 166 boating related deaths occur in Canada each year.
Alcohol is present or suspected in over 50% of fatalities. More than 24% of fatalities occur where life jackets were on board but not worn. Wearing a life jacket could eliminate up to 90% of boating related drownings.”

You are responsible for the safety of your passengers. Ensure you have all required safety gear and that it is in an accessible place. Be familiar with your safety gear, know how to use it and instruct your passengers on how to use it. Be prepared for an emergency and have a plan.

Safe Fueling Procedures
It is finally Spring and many people are returning to the water to take part in sport fishing and other recreational activities. It is extremely important to remember the hazards that exist during these activities. The crew at Stolen Boats Canada wanted to remind everyone to review safety gear requirements, safe boating practices and regulations for conservation and sustainability.





We invite you to send us particulars and a photo of any stolen vessel, engine, trailer, marine equipment or recreational vehicle. We will post it on our page at no cost to you. Please ensure to update us with the status of the items you send us.




























Stolen Boats Canada
(Formerly Pacific Marine Investigations)
Phone: 778-229-6932
Email: jgibson4@telus.net

Transport Canada / Boat Safe / Tides / Marine Weather / Vancouver Police Department / IAMI