Coast Guard to increase safety patrols of Lake Washington this weekend

FLEET WEEKSEATTLE — Waterway users on Lake Washington should expect to see an increased presence of Coast Guard vessels conducting safety inspections, enforcing boating-under-the-influence regulations, and ensuring charter vessels are operating legally and safely this weekend.

The high volume of boating traffic during sporting events increase the need to ensure all waterway users adhere to maritime rules, and maintain and use required safety gear, such as lifejackets and fire extinguishers, while underway.

The Coast Guard does expect an increase of boaters on the lake due to the recent successes of the Washington Huskies football season.

“We want all boaters to enjoy their time on the water, but we also want them, and any passengers they may be responsible for, to return to their family and friends following any celebrations,” said Cmdr. Brian Meier, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Port Angeles, and a Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat-Medium will be in the area from Friday to Sunday.

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