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PUBLISHED: 5:44 PM on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is reminding the boating public to stay safe this boating season and to remember specific safety precautions before taking to the water. Many times, boaters find themselves in trouble by failing to take simple precautions before getting underway. Below are a few of these precautions and guidelines that will help boaters have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

Make a Float Plan: Tell someone where you are going, when you will be back and what route you will be traveling, as well as the names of the persons on board. Also, make sure you have enough fuel for your voyage. Use Safety Equipment: Wear life jackets and travel with a marine VHF radio. Communication with the Coast Guard is critical in case of an emergency on the water. Get a Vessel Safety Check: The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free inspections of pleasure boats to ensure that you have all the required safety equipment. Contact 907-463-2065 to find an examiner near you. Don't Drink and Boat: Drinking and boating don't mix. Boating while intoxicated can result in arrest or worse can cause a fatal accident. Be smart don't drink and boat. For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.


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