Memorial Day Boating Safety

In between predicted rain showers Monday, some may spend the Memorial Day holiday on the beach or in a boat. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reminds everyone to stay safe and if you will be boating to follow the tips below from the Safe Boating Campaign, led by the National Safe Boating Council, for practicing social distancing and safety while boating. Follow state and local guidance from public health officials, marine law enforcement agencies, department of natural resources, park services and others. Limit the people aboard your boat to people in your immediate household. No guests, no friends, no grandparents that don’t live in your house. Everyone should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when you’re on the water. You never know when an accident may happen, and a life jacket can help save you until search and rescue assets can arrive. Remember to social distance, stay at least six feet away from other people who do not live in your house. Wash hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer, such as after touching a marina gate or fuel pump. Carry all required boating safety equipment such as flares, navigation light, a horn or whistle, a first aid kit. Pack food, water and other things you may need as restaurants and marina stores may not be open. And lastly, Don’t drink and boat. Not only is it unsafe, it’s against the law.

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