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500 AM EDT FRI MAY 26 2017

...Safe boating...It`s All Up to You...

National Safe Boating Week is May 20th through May 26th.

The National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont as well as
the United States Coast Guard, law enforcement and other first
responders urge you to prepare before venturing on the water this
boating season.

Safe boating on Lake Champlain and other bodies of water is no
accident. It takes proper preparation, education and common sense.
The maritime environment is a complex mix of weather, water and
humans. Any one of these aspects can cause problems in short order.
That`s why it`s critically important to plan ahead and know what to
do in case of an emergency.

Many boating accidents are the result of human error or poor
judgment and not the boating vessel itself. However, there are
many natural hazards that the mariner needs to be aware of as well:

- Thunderstorms with lightning and strong gusty winds.

- Lightning can strike up to 15 miles from the storm, so if you
hear thunder or experience static on your radio, seek safe harbor

- Strong or gusty winds, including those near thunderstorms and the
associated rough water can steer a boat into danger or capsize it.

- Poor visibility due to rain, fog or haze. Always have a crew
member designated as a lookout.

- Floating debris, especially near the mouths of rivers and
especially after a heavy rainfall.

Again, preparation is the key. Some things that can be done to
be prepared for a day on the water.

- Plan ahead. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards before
venturing out on the water and always have a life jacket.

- Before venturing out, always let someone on land know where
you/re going and when you plan on returning.

- NOAA`s National Weather Service in Burlington broadcasts on the
following frequencies 24 hours a day: 162.400 megahertz, 162.425
megahertz, 162.475 megahertz, 162.500 megahertz and 162.525

- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio on your vessel and be prepared for
changeable weather. Keep an eye to threatening skies, as this could
indicate a change in wind speed, direction, waves and potential

- Have life jackets on board for all passengers and easily
accessible. However, the best protection is to wear them, they
won`t work unless you wear them. The life jacket not only helps you
stay afloat but protects you longer from hypothermia.

Safe boating is no accident! Please take the time to think safety
first and plan appropriately for weather and water conditions before
heading out on lakes, rivers, and streams. Remember, no matter
the season, when you are on the water always wear your life jacket.

Be safe and enjoy the summer season on the various waterways across
Vermont and Northern New York.

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