News OPP says boating safety should be on your mind this summer SHARE ON: James Bowler, contributor, Friday, Apr. 13th, 2018 Photo: Supplied While lakes may still be frozen, police want you to think about boating safety before cottages open next month. This comes as 2017 marked an eight-year-high for boating-related deaths with 31 in Ontario. OPP Constable Catherine Yarmel says you should always make sure everyone has a life jacket before heading out. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/OPP-Boating-1.wav She says you should also make sure you have everything you might need before you shove off. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/OPP-Boating-2.wav Yarmel says the OPP has marine officers who patrol major lakes every summer. With files from Matt Latour.