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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KEY WEST FL
1224 PM EDT THU JUL 3 2014

...BOATERS ARE REMINDED TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND SAFELY...

WATERWAYS AROUND THE FLORIDA KEYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE BUSY WITH
MARITIME TRAFFIC THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND...AND THE BOATING
PUBLIC IS REMINDED BY THE COAST GUARD...FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE
CONSERVATION COMMISSION..AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO BE AWARE
OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS...INCLUDING WATCHING THE WEATHER AND
UNDERSTANDING THE HAZARDS OF BOATING.

THE SUMMER RAINY SEASON HAS ARRIVED IN THE FLORIDA KEYS...WHICH MEANS
DAILY CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THE PRIMARY
THUNDERSTORM HAZARDS INCLUDE LIGHTNING STRIKES...LOCALLY GUSTY
WINDS...AND TEMPORARILY BLINDING DOWNPOURS.

THE FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROADCASTS MARINE WEATHER
INFORMATION REGULARLY. THIS INFORMATION CAN BE HEARD BY TUNING INTO
CHANNELS ONE THROUGH FIVE ON VHF MARINE RADIOS...OR READ BY VIEWING
THE WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/KEY.

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL SAFE BOATING TIPS...

BOATERS ARE ADVISED TO FILE A FLOAT PLAN...WHICH BASICALLY MEANS
LETTING SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN. IN ADDITION...KNOW
HOW TO USE YOUR SAFETY EQUIPMENT...AND HAVE A DESIGNATED BOATER.

ALWAYS KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOUR BOAT. MOST BOATING ACCIDENTS
INVOLVE COLLISIONS. STAYING ALERT IS CRITICAL!

DEVELOP A LIFE JACKET HABIT. MOST PEOPLE WHO DIE IN BOATING ACCIDENTS
DROWN. TRY AN INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET...AND MOST OF ALL...WEAR IT!

ALCOHOL USE IS A LEADING CAUSE OF BOATING ACCIDENTS. ALCOHOL AND
BOATING REALLY DO NOT MIX. SO SAVE IT FOR LATER.

HAVE A WORKING VHF RADIO AND EPIRB ON BOARD.

FINALLY...REMAIN VIGILANT...AND OBSERVE SAFETY AND SECURITY ZONES
WHILE ON THE WATER THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND...BUT BOAT SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY.

$$

KASPER






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