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Important Reminder for Boat Owners

 


One glance at a lake or river and you already notice several boats on the water. With that mind, boat owners are reminded that properly-fitted life jackets should be worn and not used as a comfortable seat cushion.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said water temperatures in spring are extremely cold, and sudden immersion can cause serious problems.

“Spring weather is unpredictable, and a pleasant outing can turn quickly when windy conditions arise,” Boldt said. “Wearing a life jacket will not only keep the individual afloat, but also insulates the body which in turn slows the loss of critical body heat caused by exposure to cold water.”

In addition, Boldt said wearing a life jacket reduces the panic and allows a person time to evaluate the situation. “If you go into the water without one, you’re struggling to do what a life jacket is designed to do,” she said.

Missouri River Safety Day May 15

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and Townsquare Media are sponsoring the Missouri River SPLASH – a recreation and boating safety event for everyone who enjoys the Missouri River.

The event is Thursday, May 15 in Mandan from 3-6 p.m. at Moritz Sport and Marine. Displays, hands-on activities, demonstrations, regulations, registrations and prizes are included.

The event is free, and people of all ages are invited to attend.

State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10 horsepower motor to first pass the state’s Boat North Dakota safety course. In addition, some major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance.

The Boat North Dakota safety course is free and available at the Game and Fish Department.

 

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