Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution during South Carolina duck season

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution while on the water throughout South Carolina for the upcoming five-day duck season beginning Wednesday.

All boaters should file a float plan before leaving on their boat and let friends or family members know where they are going and when to expect them back. This critical information gives search and rescue coordinators a better idea where to search in case a boater doesn’t return as planned.

“We really want boaters to be aware of the significance of filing a float plan, because there are so many creeks and isolated waterways in this region,” said Chief Petty Officer Lawrence Dean, executive petty officer of Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C. “About 80 percent of duck hunting is done on the waterways.”

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