Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide free Vessel Safety Checks in Eastern Michigan and Northern Ohio

Coast Guard Auxiliary LogoCLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, working in concert with Coast Guard Sector Detroit, will be offering free Vessel Safety Checks throughout eastern Michigan and northwest Ohio during the month of May.

Recent safety checks resulted in Coast Guard boarding teams requiring some vessels to return to port because of a lack of required safety equipment. The Coast Guard is offering these free, no penalty, courtesy examinations of recreational boats to ensure boaters understand the state and federal safety requirements, and that boaters’ equipment meet those standards.

Coast Guard Auxiliarists from Auxiliary Divisions 16, 18 and 20 will be offering Vessel Safety Checks in Ohio from May 10 to May 29, at locations between Marblehead and Toledo, and in Michigan from May 7 to May 28, at locations south of Detroit between Monroe and River Rouge, and north of Detroit at locations between Clarkston and Algonac.

Click here for a complete spreadsheet detailing the times and locations where Vessel Safety Checks will be offered.

“One person dying on the waters of the Great Lakes is one too many,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Gabriel Settel, a search and rescue controller at Sector Detroit. “These free examinations will help ensure that recreational boaters have all of the required and recommended safety equipment before heading out onto the water.”

The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary are advising that all mariners receive a Vessel Safety Check before heading out onto the water. This is not a boarding or law enforcement action, and there will be no citations given as a result of this examination. Each vessel examiner is a trained boating safety specialist that will make recommendations and discuss issues that will make boaters safer.

For more information contact Chief Warrant Officer Matt Ranieri at (313) 263-8122.

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