Boaters reminded to stay safe during duck season

CHARLESTON, 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 Friday due to expected inclement weather along the coast.

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.

Boaters are also reminded to know the limitations of themselves and their vessel before heading out during inclement weather. Boaters should ensure their VHF marine radio works properly and that they know how to use it; boaters should also ensure they have properly working signaling devices aboard, such as, flares or sound producing devices. Life jackets and warm clothing should also be brought along.

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