Yukon Mountie’s death prompts RCMP water safety changes
Const. Michael Potvin drowned near Mayo, Yukon, in 2010
The RCMP says it has learned some tough lessons following a Mountie's drowning death two summers ago in Yukon.
Const. Michael Potvin drowned in the Stewart River near Mayo on July 13, 2010 after the RCMP patrol boat he was in capsized.
Police are now making changes to help prevent similar deaths in the future.
The RCMP say Potvin wasn't wearing a life jacket. They've since issued orders across Canada that all RCMP employees must wear one when near the water.
They also found some problems with the boat Potvin was in. It had extra fuel tanks and modifications to the stern which made it more likely to hold water once it was in the boat, making it unstable.
Similar boats across Canada have since been inspected and approved for use.
The RCMP will also turn to elders and long-time community members for local advice and guidance about lakes and rivers in the area, and a senior officer has been appointed to oversee water safety training and boat inspections.
The RCMP is implementing these changes to help prevent similar deaths in the future.