Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer free vessel safety checks in Jacksonville area Saturday and Sunday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide free vessel safety checks Saturday and Sunday in an effort to safeguard recreational boaters from potential injury, loss of property and loss of life on area waterways.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will administer free vessel safety checks Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the following locations: Vilano Boat Ramp, Fernadina Boat Ramp, Mayport Boat Ramp, and the Black Creek Boat Ramp in Clay County.

The vessel safety check is a complimentary check of your boat, confirming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety. No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency. A decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination.

An example of some of the items checked include:

– Life Jackets

– Registration and numbering

– Navigation lights

– Ventilation

– Fire extinguishers

– Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)

– Battery cover and connections

All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the Coast Guard.

For additional information on vessel safety checks, please visit: http://www.safetyseal.net/

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