Coast Guard Reminds Boaters to Stay Safe

As Thousands Prepare for a Long Memorial Day Weekend, Others are Thinking Safety

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands will be driving to the cabin or favorite summer destination this Memorial Day weekend.

With that, the United States Coast Guard is looking to make sure safety comes first.

The Coast Guard in the Twin Ports is busy making sure they’re up to date on rescue techniques and procedures.

One Officer we spoke with say boaters, kayakers and canoeists should always prepare for the worst situation.

Life jackets must be worn by children under the age of 13 at all times.

Water under 72 degrees Fahrenheit can be dangerous and cause cold water shock.

“We just ask that people stay safe and be courteous of other boaters. Also watch your alcohol intake for this weekend. Make sure you have all your required equipment when you go out. That includes life jackets, one of the most important things to have,” said John Mossbarger,
Petty Officer, Second Class, United States Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard does have a free app you can download on your phone or mobile device.

It includes a list of regulations you may want to be aware of before boating this summer.

For more information, call the United States Coast Guard in Duluth at (218) 720-5412.

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