Coast Guard surface and air crews searched the Great Peconic Bay area of Long Island, N.Y., throughout the night for a possible missing kite surfer. The search was suspended this morning after Coast Guard-released photos of the recovered gear were shown on the local news and the owner called to say he was safe.
“In Long Island Sound we often encounter abandoned and adrift boats,” said Cmdr. Eric Doucette, Chief of Response at Sector Long Island Sound, Conn. “While this case ended well for the owner, sometimes they can end tragically. If there is even a chance a person is in the water, we begin search and rescue efforts; however by following a few guidelines we can drastically increase our efforts to get to you in time.”
Here are five easy ways to stay safe on the water:
1. Wear a lifejacket
2. File a float plan
3. Mark your gear
4. Bring safety equipment with you
5. Take a boating safety course
For more details on boating safety recommendations, go to www.coastguardnews.com.