Recently, Coast Guard units responded to incidents that showcase the importance of taking the proper safety precautions before heading out onto the water. Tuesday, Coast Guardsmen from Station St. Joseph, MI, assisted three boaters in the 59-degree waters of Lake Michigan near Stevensville after their vessel capsized. The men were fishing when they reportedly took a wave over the side of their 18-foot boat, causing it to capsize. Only one of the three men was wearing a life jacket.
The Coast Guard recommends that boaters wear a life jacket at all times while underway. The law states that you must have a life jacket for every person onboard, but it is much more difficult to locate, access, or don a life jacket at the moment an accident occurs.
On Saturday, a Coast Guard ice rescue team assisted two canoeists near Buffalo, NY, when they were unable to get back to shore because their canoe was beset by ice. A Coast Guard civilian employee on his way to work saw the two men struggling and notified Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. Neither man was wearing a life jacket nor did they have any communications equipment on board.
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