ANCHORAGE - As the weather continues to warm and Alaskans once again take to the water, the Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe and adequately prepare for the unexpected.
The Coast Guard's recommends that every boater carry the following safety items:
406 Mhz EPIRB
Coast Guard-approved life jacket
handheld VHF marine radio with extra batteries
Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher
first aid kit packed in a watertight container
Warm and water resistant clothing appropriate for Alaska's extreme environments
For larger boats, a life raft with a survival kit
Boaters are also encouraged to attend a boating safety course before enjoying Alaska's scenic waterways. To find a class in your area, please visit http://www.aboutboatingsafely.com.