NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s National Safe Boating Week, no coincidence when you consider it’s that time of year people are heading out onto the water in boats to enjoy the Connecticut waterfronts. But a good time out on the water can turn dangerous if you don’t know what to do.
“Simple things that because you’re not prepared can turn into a serious and life threatening emergency,” said Mark Chanski with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
That’s why several state agencies and the Coast Guard have teamed up to spread awareness on boating safety this week and if you need a reminder for why that’s important, look no further than last weekend. A kayak washed up on the shores of New Haven, sending out rescue crews to locate the boater. That individual was fine, they didn’t even know there were people looking for him until he saw the reports on local news.
“Something to prevent a case like this would be filing a float plan with a family member or a relative or somebody you trust,” said Petty Officer Thomas Distefano, with the US Coast Guard. “Just letting them know where you’re going out out of, when you’re going out, how long you expect to be out, when you expect to be back so they have an idea what’s going on.”
It’s why officials with the Coast Guard are stressing the importance of putting your contact information somewhere on a boat so, should a similar situation arise, they won’t have to deploy the resources necessary to locate a missing person.
Chanski says its also important people wear a life jacket, make sure their boat is designed for the area their traveling in, and to never drink and boat.
If you would like a decal where you can put your contact information on your boat you can call Chanski at 860-447-4371 and request one.