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Date: Feb 14, 2011

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — The Coast Guard stresses safety and preparation as boaters take to the water for the forecasted warm .

The Coast Guard is anticipating increased boating traffic with the improved weather this week.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters file a float plan with family, friends, or . Include who is on the boat, where they are going and when they intend to return in the float plan, this will significantly increase the Coast Guard’s ability to locate them in a timely manner in the event of an emergency.

“Regardless of the outside temperature, the is still well below 60 degrees, and will contribute to hypothermia and cold-related emergencies,” said Cmdr. James Mitchell, Response Department Head for Coast Guard . “Be sure to boat safe and boat smart, always wear a , and let a loved-one or friend know where you intend to boat.”

Boaters are reminded to carefully inspect their vessel and safety equipment before leaving the dock, especially if they have not used the boat recently. Boaters should also carefully review the weather forecast prior to any voyage.

Four principals of recreational boating safety are:

-Life jackets save lives – Wear a life jacket.

-Knowledgeable boaters save lives – Take a boating course.

-Safe boats save lives – Get a free vessel safety check.

-Sober boaters save lives – Never boat under the influence.

The groups of boaters most at risk for a boating fatality are:

-Operators of open boats 21-foot and smaller.

-Males 20 – 50 years old.

- All anglers.

-/kayak paddlers.

Boaters are encouraged to visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website to find more information on boating safety, float plans, boating safety courses and free vessel safety checks.


Media inquiries should be directed to Lt. Kevin Sullivan, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina’s Public Affairs Officer, at 252-247-4550.


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