Busy weekend on New York waters reminds boaters to prepare, stay safe

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – After a busy weekend on the waters of New York, the Coast Guard is reminding the boating public to practice safe boating for the remainder of the busy summer season.

The following cases indicate the importance of preparedness and serve as examples of how challenging the maritime environment can be even to mariners of all levels.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock terminated the voyage of a 33-foot pleasure craft Aug. 8, 2014. The pleasure craft was found to have one major violation of having an inadequate amount of life jackets on board. The boatcrew escorted the vessel to Ponquogue Bridge boat launch.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station New London terminated the voyage of an 18-foot pleasure craft Aug. 9, 2014. The pleasure craft was found to have one major violation of having no life jackets on board. The boatcrew escorted the vessel to Gold Star public boat ramp.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Montauk terminated the voyage of a pleasure craft Aug. 9, 2014. The pleasure craft was seen speeding through Montauk Harbor which caused the boatcrew to intercept the vessel. The boarding team officer quickly noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the operator of the vessel and detained him until local authorities arrived on scene. East Hampton Police Department preformed a series of field sobriety tests on the operator of the vessel which resulted in his arrest.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New York responded to a report of a disabled vessel taking on water, near Liberty Island in the New York harbor, Aug. 10, 2014. The boatcrew arrived on scene quickly and determined that the vessel was disabled and not taking on water. The boatcrew towed the vessel to Liberty State Park.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock responded to a report of a capsized vessel with two people in the water, near the Ponquogue Bridge, Aug. 10, 2014. The boatcrew rescued both people in the water and reported no injuries or pollution. The owner arranged to have his vessel towed.

For more information on boating safety, go to the Boating Safety Resource Center athttp://ift.tt/16CBKrb.

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