Coast Guard urges Long Island Sound boaters to make safety a priority following an active summer season

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Coast Guard urges boaters to make safety and preparedness their top priority while operating on the water this 2013 boating season.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., response units and partner agencies have responded to a high number of boating incidents on the water this season, many that could have been prevented.

In 2013, Coast Guard units based in Long Island Sound and the South Shore Long Island, N.Y., have responded to:

  • 25 vessels taking on water
  • 321 search and rescue cases
  • 9 boating fatalities

The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety courses and vessel safety checks free of charge to the public with units based throughout Connecticut and New York.

Find a local boating safety course by following this link and entering your zip code.

In 2012:

  • 86% of accidents occurred on boats where the operator had NOT attended a boating safety course.
  • In approximately 85% of drowning fatalities, the person was not wearing a lifejacket.

Wearing a lifejacket can save your life in an emergency. Lifejackets are more comfortable than ever with advancements in their design by many manufactures so there is no excuse not to wear one.

“The Coast Guard has responded to 25 cases of boats taking on water in Long Island Sound this year alone. In my opinion, that’s 25 cases too many,” said Lt. Cmdr. Will Schrade, of Sector Long Island Sound Response Division. “Some of these incidents could have easily been prevented if the operators were better educated in boating safely and if their vessels received proper maintenance.”

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