Boating on Memorial Weekend
By: Yaremi Farinas
In May 2010, 13 died in boating accidents in Florida. This Memorial Day weekend officials are out making sure that people stay safe. Especially while out on the water.
"We are just hanging out and enjoying the good weather and the holiday weekend," said Andrea Fisk who was boating with a group of friends.
while the weather was nice.
While boaters enjoy the water, officers from Florida Fish and Wildlife are making sure everyone remembers safety is first.
"We would stop boats occasionally to check for safety equipment and make sure they have all the safety equipment they are supposed to have," said Lieutenant Jeff Swan.
Including a whistle or horn, a fire extinguisher, an inflatable device and life jackets for everyone on board.
"If there are children on board under six, then they have to have it on anytime they are on their way unless they are pulled up in the bank or anchored off," said Mobley.
She said they are enjoying their time as well as staying safe.
"We have all of our life jackets. not getting to crazy. it's like driving in a car you always have to make sure everyone else around you is safe as well too," said Haezebrouck.
If caught you can be arrested and fined.
"Be courteous, use common sense and be safe," said Mobley.
For more information on boat safety rules visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website: http://myfwc.com/
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