I was recently fishing the Lower Niagara for smallmouth bass with a couple when a large Zodiac came over with 4-officers on-board to board our G3. It turned out to be 3-US officers and 1-RCMP. I have never been asked so many questions on the water and asked to show so many things;
-driver licences (they called in all our names to confirme we were indeed the persons we claimed to be.
-checked boat registration
-individually inspected our life jackets to ensure they were MTO approved.
-had to show the anchor, paddles, throw-line in safety kit and demonstrate the waterproof flashlight was working (it did not work)
-inspected fire extinquisher
-asked to see Boat Operator Card
After quite a while the RCMP gave me a warning that I had to have an operating flashlight and that it could be a $200 fine for not having it. I’m glad it was just a warning. First think I did this AM was replace the cheap flashlight that comes in the standard $9.99 Boat Safety Kit to a better one and also made sure I had two new AA batteries in a sealed bag so the flashlight will indeed work. This wake-up call just reminded me how important it is to have all safety-items and ID required on-board and in good working condition!