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Reminder to be cautious on the St. Lawrence River

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Cornwall Fire Services is reminding residents and visitors to use caution when boating on the St. Lawrence River.

On Monday, August 12, Cornwall firefighters operated at a call on the river. A pleasure boat capsized at the Seaway International Bridge after hitting a barge in place at the piers.

River conditions are more dangerous this season due to increased water levels pouring through the R.H. Saunders Power Dam, advised Fire Chief Pierre Voisine.

“Boaters must be more cautious in this area, especially when travelling at night,” said Voisine. “In light of the high water levels we’re experiencing this year, safety precautions are even more important.”

Boaters should ensure their pleasure craft is equipped with lights if they are travelling at night. Boaters should always wear lifejackets, and should make themselves aware of water and weather conditions before setting out.

 

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