Coast Guard urges spectators to practice safe boating during air show at Quonset Point

BOSTON (D1 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard is urging boaters to use extreme caution in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, Saturday and Sunday as the area is expected to be heavily congested due to the Rhode Island National Guard Air Show at Quonset Point.

The Coast Guard will establish a temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of Narragansett Bay adjacent to Quonset Point in North Kingstown, R.I., on both days. Vessels will be prohibited from entering the safety zone Satuday and Sunday from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m.

The safety zone is established around the runway of the air base for the express purpose of protecting spectators and pilots in the event of an accident. Violations of the safety zone will result in a citation and possible fines.

The use of personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, and other small craft is strongly discouraged due to the expectation of an extremely congested spectator fleet. Rafting of vessels together during the event is not recommended due to the danger of injury or damage caused by vessel wakes. Boaters planning to anchor during the air show should be aware of tide and current shifts when planning adequate distance from surrounding vessels.

“We want people to enjoy the show, but not at the expense of their safety,” said Lt. j.g. John Suckow of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Boaters should respect the safety zone and follow directions given by Coast Guard and other law enforcement officials.”

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