Coast Guard, partner agencies encourage boater safety during Coffman Cove, Alaska, festival

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the U.S. Forest Service encourage boaters to make safety a priority during the “By The Sea” Arts and Seafood Festival this weekend in Coffman Cove, Alaska.

The agencies will be conducting boating safety patrols in the vicinity of Coffman Cove for the duration of the festival and would like to remind mariners to boat responsibly.

Responsible boating includes wearing your life jackets, filing a float plan with friends or loved ones, and carrying emergency beacons, flares and a reliable means of communication, such as a VHF radio, for signaling rescuers in an emergency. Mariners are encouraged to avoid alcohol use while on the water and are reminded that there is minimal tolerance for operating vessels or vehicles while under the influence.

“We’re working with our local partners to ensure this is a safe event for everyone attending,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson, search and rescue controller, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “We encourage mariners to plan ahead, carry all the necessary gear and make safety the highest priority.”

For more information on the importance of boating safety and resources detailing steps that can be taken to minimize risk on the water, including scheduling vessel safety checks, please visit safeboatingcampaign.com and uscgboating.org.

 

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