Coast guard reminds boaters to practice boating safety with a Float Plan

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As recreational boaters return to our waterways, The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Port Royal Sound Flotilla 10-1 would like to remind all boaters to always practice safe boating.

Especially important is the filing of a “Float Plan” prior to your water journey. A Float Plan is the paper plan that could save your life in an emergency. In essence, it’s a “water foot print” that can be followed by anyone who is searching for you.

What should be included in your float plan? A float plan includes a description of your boat, who is on board, a description of the safety equipment you are carrying, where you expect to be, and when you are expected to be there.

Leave it with a reliable person who can be depended upon to notify the Coast Guard, or other rescue agency should you not return or check-in as planned. A float plan is not just for large vessels but equally important for owners of kayaks, canoes, and paddlecrafts. Your safety is our primary mission.

Follow the latest safety regulations, request free vessel safety checks and check all your safety equipment before casting off. Let someone know where you are going on your next water journey and always wear your life jacket.

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