Coast Guard to help boaters avoid fines and hazards

SNEADS FERRY, N.C. – Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a boating safety equipment company are scheduled to speak to the boating community about Operation Safe Catch from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Sneads Ferry Community Center.

Presenters will provide information to both professional and recreational boaters about safety and laws concerning the safety equipment required for their boats.

Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel will speak about the equipment a vessel is required to have and maintain, and will walk through the process of the at-sea or dock-side examinations.

The focus of the event is to encourage participation in voluntary, dock-side vessel examinations that could alert mariners to violations, without the citation and possible fine, that would be checked for during at-sea boardings.

The community center is located at 126 Park Lane in Sneads Ferry.

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