Local Marine Patrol Shares Boating Safety Tips - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Local Marine Patrol Shares Boating Safety Tips

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As the number of tragedies on the water continues to rise this summer, the Marine Division of the Manistee County Sheriffs Department wants everyone to stay safe.

According to sheriffs department, putting together a float plan is a good place to start before you head out on the water. The float plan lets people know where you are just in case of an emergency.

They also say make sure you have the proper life jackets for everyone on board, especially kids. Children six years and younger are required to wear life jackets at all times.

The weather is another factor to consider because it can change very quickly and create a dangerous situation.

Once you make it on the water, water sports have their own dangers. The department suggests having an observer so the driver is aware of what is going on at all times.

The Manistee County Sheriffs Department also suggests leaving the alcohol at the dock because it actually effects you more on the water than it does on land.