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Coast Guard Sector North Carolina shares boater safety tips ahead of Memorial Day Weekend



OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and lots of people will be out on the water to enjoy the holiday. 

Officials are warning you to know what to do before getting on a boat or other watercraft. Officials said they are expecting an above average number of boaters on the water for Memorial Day weekend. They urge those planning to take part, to observe the holiday with safety in mind. 

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of several agencies that will be keeping an eye on the water this weekend. 

CPO Eric Tucker said since the holiday falls during National Safe Boating Week this year, they’re hoping to raise awareness. 

“Safe practices will keep everybody safe and ensure that there’s no incidents of fatalities this Memorial Day weekend,” CPO Tucker said. 

Commander John Suckow said a safe boating experience “starts and ends with safe boating decisions.” He said first and foremost, have enough life jackets to go around for everyone. 

Suckow also said those operating a boat need to adopt a “float plan.” 

“Always file a float plan. A float plan lets others know where you’re going and when you plan to return. They can be given to a family member or a friend. They should include information on your vessel as well as what equipment you have on board, including safety equipment,” Commander Suckow said. 

Sgt. Jason Parker with North Carolina Marine Patrol wants to emphasize the collaborative effort it is to ensure that everyone stays safe. 

“We’re primarily focused on conservation, being with North Carolina Marine Patrol but we do assist any agency on the water. If it’s a water rescue call, if it’s anything with public health, public safety, we will be glad to come out and assist as needed,” Sgt. Parker said. 

Several other agencies attended Thursday’s campaign. Commander Suckow said to remember the rules of the water. It’s illegal to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. Violators are at risk of large fines, suspension or loss of your boater’s license, and possible jail time. 

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