April 13, 2013

Coast Guard issues tips with boating season near

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — With boating season around the corner, the Coast Guard is offering up tips for safe boating practices.

The Coast Guard says last weekend's rescues of kayakers in Boston Harbor and Long Island serve as a reminder that although the air is getting warmer, the ocean waters remain cold.

Coast Guard officials say as people bring their boats out for the season, they should remember to dress for the water temperature and check all safety equipment to make sure it's in working order.

Boaters are also reminded to have Coast Guard-approved lifejackets on board, and are encouraged to wear them while on the water.

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