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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
830 AM EDT THU MAY 21 2015

...SAFE BOATING WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS PARTNERED WITH THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL TO HELP PROMOTE SAFE BOATING PRACTICES.

...VESSEL SAFETY CHECK....

THIS BOATING SEASON, MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE VESSEL
SAFETY CHECK (VSC), PROGRAM A FREE, NO RISK, SERVICE PROVIDED IN YOUR
AREA BY THE US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY AND THE US POWER SQUADRONS.  A
QUALIFIED VESSEL EXAMINER WILL CONDUCT AN INSPECTION OF ALL THE
REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT CARRIED OR INSTALLED ON A VESSEL AND
CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE VESSELS OVERALL CONDITION.  EVEN IF YOU PAY
CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SAFETY, DANGEROUS MECHANICAL PROBLEMS CAN CROP
UP ON THE BEST-MAINTAINED BOAT. THAT`S WHY THE U.S. COAST GUARD
RECOMMENDS THAT ALL RECREATIONAL BOATS (INCLUDING PERSONAL
WATERCRAFT) GET A FREE VSC EACH YEAR.

A VSC IS YOUR BEST WAY OF LEARNING ABOUT CONDITIONS THAT MIGHT PUT
YOU IN VIOLATION OF STATE OR FEDERAL LAWS OR, WORSE, CREATE AN
UNSAFE CONDITION FOR YOU OR YOUR PASSENGERS ON THE WATER.

BE PREPARED FOR ANY EMERGENCY WHEN YOU ARE AFLOAT. GET A FREE VESSEL
SAFETY CHECK TO ENSURE THAT YOUR VESSEL COMPLIES WITH BOTH FEDERAL
AND STATE REQUIREMENTS. IF THE VESSEL MEETS ALL REQUIREMENTS, THE
EXAMINER WILL AWARD A VESSEL SAFETY CHECK DECAL. IF YOU VESSEL FAILS
TO RECEIVE A VSC DECAL, NO LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION IS TAKEN AND THE
EXAMINER WILL PROVIDE A LIST OF ITEMS FOR CORRECTION.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SAFE BOATING WEEK VISIT
WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/MARINE/SAFEBOATING/WEEK.SHTML.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE SHORE AND WHILE BOATING CHECK WWW.WEATHER.GOV
OR LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS FOR THE LATEST MARINE
FORECASTS AND WARNINGS.

THIS MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL
AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, REMINDING YOU THAT NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING WEEK IS MAY 16 THROUGH 22.

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