Coast Guard to offer free boat safety checks

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary District 17 will offer free boat safety checks with a drive-through from 8:30 a.m.

to 3 p.m. Saturday at Western Auto Marine.

Checks are meant for those who operate a small boat, personal watercraft or platform boat for hunting and fishing.

During the safety check, volunteer examiners and boat owners will go over the boat and its equipment. Examiners will check for navigation lights, personal flotation devices (life jackets and throwable cushions), sound producing devices, visual distress signals, fire extinguishers, flame arrestor and ventilation for inboard engines and other enclosed compartments, permanent fuel tanks and boat registration.

To schedule your boat check-up, call the ACS Sponsored Hotline at 790-2575. For more information about recreational boating safety, call 800-368-5647.

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