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Boating in the buff

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Canada’s Ontario Provincial Police recently arrested a pair of naked boaters who were allegedly boating under the influence of alcohol.

Police officers on patrol on LakeRosseau Monday spotted the naked man, who is 53, and woman, 34, on their 16-foot Century ski boat and decided to investigate, the Toronto Star newspaper reported. As the police boat approached the ski boat authorities say the female passenger took the helm and attempted to flee.

The police boat pursued the ski boat, the report says, but the male passenger apparently grabbed the throttle and stopped the boat. On board, police say they found open liquor containers and no PFDs. The female passenger showed “obvious” signs of intoxication, police say.

“She was belligerent and attempted to resist the officer upon her arrest,” Const. Ted Smith says in the report. The woman was charged with impaired operation of a vessel and failing to have PFDs on board. Neither passenger was charged with public nakedness.

The arrest was the first under Ontario legislation passed last week that causes a boater to lose their highway driver’s license for up to one year if they are convicted of drunken boating. Pending further legal action, authorities suspended the woman’s driver’s license for 90 days, the news report says.

— Jason Fell