The approaching Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest for boaters, but Coast Guard members say don’t forget about safety in the rush to get in those last few days of summer.
They are called the big three: Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day… The three biggest weekends on the waters of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.
Jared Bender of the US Coast Guard, tells us that Labor Day is especially busy because people “know the season’s closing out so they do try to get that last boat ride in.”
While the season is ending for recreational boating, that’s not the case for fishing, but the Coast Guard says it’s the size of the boat that determines what laws apply; not what it’s used for. Safety equipment is a must, something that can get lost when a boat is put away for the year, then the boater has a change of heart.
Bender says, “There’s going to be more folks trying to take advantage of the few nice weekends we have left so sometimes people put their boat away they can forget some safety equipment we just want to make sure everybody stays safe out there.”
If you have any questions about what safety equipment is needed for the size of your boat, the US Coast Guard is here to help. You can give them a call at 814-838-2097.