Coast Guard offers advice for 4th of July boating
LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Last year there were about 4,500 boating accidents in country, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and around 750 people died as a result of those accidents.
The Coast Guard estimates about 400 boaters will be on the Mississippi River on the 4th of July to watch the fireworks.
They want to remind everyone that boats and booze don’t mix.
Have a designated driver on board just like you would in a car.
If you’re out at night to watch the fireworks, slow down and have an extra spotter on board.
“At night everything is a little harder to see and to distinguish so we request to have extra caution, make sure all of your lights on your boat are working properly and if you’re going to be anchoring out make sure to have an adequate anchor because the river is a bit higher than normal,” Ron Schmal, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs said.
Schmal reminds everyone the Coast Guard is out to help, not issue citations. If you see their boat don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.
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