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Rochester Coast Guard reminds of boater safety for the upcoming season

Written by on May 22, 2024

The U.S. Coast Guard in Rochester marked the start of Boating Safety Week with a safety event at the Port of Rochester, emphasizing the importance of life jackets and vessel readiness. The event, held on Sunday, included participation from other first responders who offered advice on boating safety and conducted vessel examinations.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Matthew Riesberg highlighted the importance of community awareness about Coast Guard presence and safety procedures. He stressed the value of learning preventative measures at the pier to ensure preparedness in case of emergencies.

Kenneth Dens, owner of Fleet Boat Club, reminds boaters to “know what you’re getting into. Check the weather forecast,” and “know the water around you.”

Reminder for Boaters: A new regulation known as Brianna’s law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1978 must have a boating safety certificate to operate a vessel. By 2025, this requirement will apply to all boat operators, regardless of age. Once you pass the safety course, you must carry your proof of completion while operating a boat.

Source: Rochester First

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