With Memorial Day weekend ahead Charlotte County and Sarasota County Sheriff’s offices want to remind you of a few safety tips while on the water.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department:
๐Ÿ›ŸAlways have the necessary safety equipment on board. (For a list of these items, visit: bit.ly/3PMAoVp)
โ˜€๏ธ Stay hydrated and protected from the sun.
๐Ÿ›ฅThere will be a TON of boaters on the water and it’s vital to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
โŒNEVER drink and drive. Lives depend on the sobriety of boat operators.
โš“๏ธFollow all navigation rules and drive responsibly.
Our Marine and Aviation Units will be out over the weekend to help make sure everyone has a safe weekend. We’re here if you need us! ๐Ÿ“ž
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department:
If you are heading out on the water this holiday weekend, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
๐Ÿฆบ Bring enough properly fitted, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for everyone aboard.
๐Ÿงฏ Check safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, flares, horn, on-board radio and throwable devices.
๐ŸŽฃ Make sure you have up-to-date fishing licenses and vessel registration. Know size requirements and what fish are in season.
โš ๏ธ Be mindful of your surroundings, obey speed signs and channel markers, and watch for swimmers or marine life such as manatees.
๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿน Consuming alcoholic beverages will affect perception, reaction time and decision-making. Donโ€™t drink and boat!
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