Coast Guard Urges Boaters to Use Extreme Caution

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extreme caution when transiting coastal and inland waterways as a large storm front passes through the area during the next four days.

The Coast Guard expects heavy rain and winds in excess of 35 mph to affect inland areas with 10-15 ft. seas along the coast.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

* Wear their lifejackets while on the water.
* Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out.
* File a float plan with friends, family members and their local marina before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers onboard the vessel, their destination and expected time of return.
* Always have a working radio onboard their vessel as cell phone coverage varies from region to region
* Carry marine flares onboard their vessel to signal rescuers in distress and emergency situations.

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