TYNE VALLEY — RCMP will have a heavy presence in Tyne Valley, both on and off the water, during the upcoming Rock the Boat Music Festival.
The afternoon and evening of Aug. 2 will potentially see an estimated 5,000 people enjoy the festival, which takes place at Green Park.
Already, there’s lots of activity going on at the concert site and the RCMP’s presence is taking shape as well.
RCMP will be located on site, along with other first responders to ensure the event goes off as smoothly as possible.
In conjunction with organizers, RCMP are working to ensure the safety of all concert goers, residents, businesses and visitors to the Tyne Valley area.
“The Prince District RCMP have a strong working relationship with the community, organizers, government agencies, security companies and our fellow first responders for this event,” said Staff Sergeant Ken Spenceley, district commander for Prince District RCMP. “The Rock the Boat Music Festival has grown each year and everyone involved is here to enjoy themselves and if they adhere to common sense and the law the quality of the experience improves for everyone.”
The concert site is located near the waters of Malpeque Bay, and the P.E.I.’s RCMP Marine Enforcement Unit will be on the water in the hours leading up to and during the event to ensure Canadian boating safety regulations are being followed.
Police will be looking for illegal possession of alcohol of boat occupants and impaired operation of vessels by operators that choose to sail in and around Malpeque Bay that day.
“It is illegal to possess and consume alcohol in public according to P.E.I.’s Liquor Control Act. Those regulations apply to the territorial waters surrounding P.E.I.,” said the unit’s Const. Thane MacEachern. “If your vessel is not equipped with permanent sleeping, and washroom facilities, the vessel cannot be considered a residence to legally possess and consume alcohol in.”
Boat operators must be in possession of required proof of competency, and have safety equipment on board, including approved PFDs for each boat passenger that are readily accessible in an emergency.
RCMP are warning boaters to be prepared and leave the alcohol on shore.
"We are anticipating a busy week in Tyne Valley," said. Spenceley, "We will be visible and engaged. RCMP members will have a strong presence at the Rock the Boat Music Festival and will communicate any immediate issues via media and our Twitter accounts @RCMPPEI and @RCMPPEITraffic.
“We look forward to being part of the success of the best Rock the Boat Music Festival to date."’