Ten-year-old caught operating boat by himself on Lake Simcoe

Police are reminding residents about some basic safety rules after a 10-year-old boy was allegedly operating a boat recklessly on Lake Simcoe over the weekend.

According to the South Simcoe Police, marine unit officers were dispatched around 3 p.m. Saturday (June 9) to the south end of Cook’s Bay for a report of a personal watercraft being operated recklessly and by someone who appeared to be under the age of 16.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the operator was a 10-year-old boy. He was escorted to shore where officers spoke with the watercraft owner, who reportedly said he was unaware that a young relative was operating the machine.

The 60-year-old Innisfil man was charged with Allowing Person Under 16 to Operate Watercraft.

“Reminder to the public that even though you can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card at the age of 14, youth under 16 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft under any circumstances,” reads a media release.