No one thinks twice these days about drinking and driving – why should drinking and boating be any different? As the weather warms and boating season kicks off, every boater needs to know and understand the risks of consuming alcohol while boating.
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Now that you know all about life jackets, safety equipment, and why float plans are so vital to you and your passengers, here is some great U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and State boating resources that you need to know.
In 2014, the Coast Guard was notified of 4,064 boating accidents that resulted in 610 people killed, 2,678 injuries and approximately $39 million of damage to property. But that does not tell the entire story.
Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan? The answer is simple… there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation.
“If you’re going to be boating, always wear your lifejacket and require the same of all your passengers,” said Joe Carro, a Coast Guard boating safety specialist. “Life jackets save lives.”
Are you a boater? If so, you’ve probably heard countless tips about how to keep yourself safe while on the water. You also probably have all the necessary safety equipment, such as a marine VHF radio and lifejackets. With the launch of the Coast Guard mobile application, you can have all this information, and more, at your fingertips.