Oneida County Sheriff's Office talks importance of boater safety

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means boaters are heading out on the waterways.

Posted: May 25, 2018 1:28 PM

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means boaters are heading out on the waterways.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Friday at the barge canal in Sylvan Beach to talk about boater safety, summertime village ordinances, and things that are planned in Sylvan Beach and on Oneida Lake this summer.

The Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement will be doing due diligence to ensure that those heading out on the water this summer are safe on their vessels. This means paying attention to the rules and warnings on the water, packing adequate equipment, and being mindful of others around you.

“What we’re looking for in the boats is that there is one life jacket for every person that’s onboard vessel,” said Deputy Rob Snider. “We’re also looking for other safety equipment that’s required based on the length of the boat such as a throwable device a visual distress signal such as the flag or flares You also have to have a sound-producing device such as a horn built onto the boat or a whistle.”

As a reminder, there are no lifeguards on the water at Sylvan Beach this summer.

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