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Be safe boating

With the arrival of summer vacation time, people are going to start enjoying various summer activities, such as boating and other water sports.

Always remember when going tubing or water skiing, it is important to have an observer separate from the driver of the boat. Let the driver focus on driving and not be distracted by anything.

Even though boats operate on water, they follow many of the same rules as motor vehicles, such as boat operators can’t legally drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.

Stay sober when boating.

It is unthinkable that a fun afternoon on a river or lake should end in tragedy, just because someone thought getting drunk and boating would be a good idea.

The Coast Guard suggests:

nHave your vessel checked for safety.

nParticipate in a boating safety course.

nIf paddling, know your limits.

nEducate yourself about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning.

nWear a life jacket. Accidents can happen at any time, and often the moments following an accident are too hectic to find and put on a life jacket. Make sure you have one on from the time you get on the boat until the time you get off.

nDevelop a float plan and leave it with someone who isn’t boarding the boat.

nPay attention to what is going on around the lake. On lakes there are no stop signs or traffic. You must be very aware of everyone else around your boat.

Pay attention to what is going on around the lake. On lakes there are no stop signs or traffic. You must be very aware of everyone else around your boat.

We all like to have fun in the warm weather, and boating is just one of many ways to do that. Following these tips will help to ensure it’s a safe boating summer.