Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe on Alaska's waters

Posted: Friday, April 02, 2010

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

• signaling kit

• 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.



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