National Safe Boating Week: Staying safe on the waters this Memorial Day

In honor of National Safe Boating Week, News 12’s Lauren Due spoke to state police about safety tips ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2023, 11:17 AM

Updated 387 days ago

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In honor of National Safe Boating Week, News 12’s Lauren Due spoke to state police about safety tips ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
Sgt. Fahy says it is important to ensure boats have the proper equipment.
“Every vessel in New Jersey should have a type B Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher. Have at least three flares in operatable, working condition and not expired. You should also have extra line on the boat,” said Fahy.
Sgt. Buro says boaters must always be prepared in case of an emergency.
“Have a first-aid kit. You want to make sure you have paddle,” said Sgt. Buro. “You want to make sure you have enough water and food."
Boaters should have a radio close by and know the specific channels available to them.
“Channel 9 is for hailing noncommercial vehicles. Channel 13 is import for bridge operators and openings,” said Fahy.
The sergeants also advise boaters to be cautious when the weather is hot.
“With these natural stressors, please be mindful of drinking too much or drinking at all. If you are operating a vessel, we prefer that you not and just be safe,” said Fahy.


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