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Coast Guard urges boating safety on Labor Day

Posted at 6:28 AM, Sep 07, 2015
and last updated 2016-06-04 12:12:59-04

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and that means a lot of people are out on the water enjoying the long weekend.

On Sunday evening, boaters were returning to the Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park in Boynton Beach after a picturesque day on the water.

Law enforcement and safety experts remind boaters their vessels should be equipped with life jackets, a first aid kid and a fully-charged cellphone in case of emergency.

Those are safety precautions taken by the McCarraher family of Boca Raton every time they go out on the water.

They said their 23-foot Sea Fox boat just returned from routine maintenance -- a must before taking their 2- and 4-year-old children boating.

The Coast Guard always stresses keeping an eye out for changing weather and lightning.

“You never know when things can go sideways and it's always better to be prepared.  When you're in the water, there's no 7-Eleven you can swing in to grab last-minute supplies, so you take everything with you,” said boater Brad McCarraher.

It's also important to either have a radio on board to tune into Channel 16 for the Coast Guard or to download an app on your smartphone that can access it.

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