Are you prepared for boating season? Tips on staying safe on the water

The area also got a lot of rain these past couple of months causing water levels to rise.

Posted: May 20, 2019 6:11 PM

VIENNA, N.Y. -- Boating season is right around the corner and the United State Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to make sure you're prepared.

Some of the things they want you to keep in mind before hitting the water is to make sure you wear a life jacket, the most important thing to remember. 

Also, keep in mind that the water is still extremely cold. The Coast Guard says that the water temperature is below 60 degrees.

The area also got a lot of rain these past couple of months causing water levels to rise.

"The concern with high water is that objects in the water may now be submerged So if you are piloting a boat in and around those objects that were previously visible and are now obviously obstructed from view. And that can tear into your hull causing a bad accident and potentially ejecting people from the vessel,” said Austen Givens, with the auxiliary.

A few other tips to keep in mind are don’t drink and operate a boat and always tell someone where you are going before heading out.

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