Coast Guard urges paddlers to secure their property before the storm

BOSTON —The Coast Guard is advising paddle and small craft owners to secure their vessels and gear this weekend as Hurricane Bill makes its way up the Atlantic Coast.

Adrift, unmanned paddle craft such as canoes and kayaks, are considered a sign of distress and rescuers must divert assets to search for a potential missing person.

While the Coast Guard takes every case seriously, securing gear allows the Coast Guard to use assets more effectively for search and rescue.

In addition to securing small craft, it is advised that mariners double-check their mooring lines, secure life rings, life jackets and any other items that could break free and cause damage.

“We are headed for some rough weather this weekend,” said Al Johnson, the First Coast Guard District recreational boating safety specialist. “Securing your vessels prior to the storm could save your property and allow the Coast Guard to be more effective on the water.”

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