Coast Guard, New York Department of Environmental Conservation educate boaters

NEW YORK  – A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Kings Point, N.Y., and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation conducted safety boardings on recreational boats in Long Island Sound, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2009.

Boarding teams from the Coast Guard and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation conducted educational outreach to recreational boaters with boats 21-feet and under in length regarding a new, New York State law, which says that each boater on board must be wearing a life jacket while underway during the winter months.

The change in the state boating law was enacted in November 2009 after a rash of incidents resulting in fatalities with boaters who were not actually wearing their life jacket. Just having a personal flotation device accessible while underway is not enough; life jackets must be worn.

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