U.S. Coast Guard hosts boat safety class

Published: May. 13, 2019 at 5:57 AM EDT
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The U.S. Coast Guard held a boat safety class Saturday for anyone 30 years old and under who needed to get certified to operate a boat.

It was held at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. About 40 people were in attendance, which is higher than their usual amount of around 20 people, according to U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Paul Best.

He said one of the most common laws people are surprised by are the legal requirements for life jackets. Any one under 13 years old has to have one on if the boat is running.

“We want to make sure that everybody uses common sense and some courtesy on the water will go a long way don’t go fast in areas where its obviously congested. Have everybody on board, have a life jacket available and common courtesy is the main thing. Just don’t do stupid and foolish things,” Best said.

He said the Fourth of July is the most popular holiday that boating accidents happen due to intoxicated people driving boats.

They will hold another boat safety class on June 1 at the New Hanover County Library.

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