Boating safety checklist on Memorial Day weekend

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - It’s all hands on deck for law enforcement on the water this Memorial Day weekend.

Several agencies will patrol the waters making sure boaters are being safe.

Boaters are subject to random safety checks on the water.   Some of the things officers will be looking for are life jackets.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there needs to be a life jacket for every person on board.  Anyone under the age of six needs to be wearing a life jacket at all times while on the water.

FWC says the life vest needs to be readily available and not stowed away so a person doesn’t need to search for it in an emergency.

Law enforcement will also be cracking down on boaters who are drinking. All boats need to designate a captain who will stay sober at the helm.

Officers will also be looking to make sure people underage aren’t drinking.

Boats should have fire extinguishers, video distress signals, and sound-making devices in case of emergencies.

Boaters should also have charged VHF radios and cellphones so they can make contact if there is any trouble on the water.

The FWC says the leading cause of boating accidents is boaters not paying attention.

Click here to see more from FWC on what boaters need to have on board their vessel.

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