By p. Ed Sanchuk, media relations officer for the Norfolk OPP, said in a video shared on Twitter showing boats widely spaced apart and no one in the water. A large contingent of police were set up at a command post all day Sunday at the Port Rowan Marina, patrolling both the water and the roads. In past years, up to 10, partiers and 1, boats from across Ontario and the United States, would spend the day drinking, leading to assaults, sinking boats, injuries and people left stranded. This year was extra worrisome given the potential for the crowd to forget about physical distancing and turn the festivities into a COVID hotspot. Police, Norfolk County officials and even Ontario Premier Doug Ford called for boaters to take safety measures and use their common sense.
COVID-19: Over 700 boats flocked down to Pottahawk on Sunday
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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Ontario Provincial Police Const. Ed Sanchuk said the event sees plenty of alcohol consumption and people grouped close together in Lake Erie. Read more: U. Sanchuk said it would be difficult for the police to cancel such an event given the number of people who typically show up without any organization.
Canada's biggest boat party draws thousands to Pottahawk Point
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The annual Pottahawk boat party on Sunday was smaller and calmer this year but police still had to deal with incidents that included a capsized boat, impaired driver and barbecue-burned partyer. There were five people on that boat. Officers from the OPP Marine Unit assisted the operator and captain to safely but noted the boat was heavily overloaded, with water lapping at the gunwales, and included a large cooler strapped to the front of the vessel.