Outstanding radio interview chalked full of important safety “info to know” as you head out on area rivers and lakes -featuring Lane County Marine Deputy, Charles Douglass.
Lane County Radio Community Forum -Boating Safety this Season -With Tracy Berry (McKenzie River Broadcasting)
- SCOUT AHEAD -EXPECT MORE OBSTRUCTIONS THIS SUMMER!
- PLAN-PLAN-PLAN & FILE A FLOAT PLAN with family or friends.
- START OUT SLOW
- WEAR A US COAST GUARD -APPROVED LIFE JACKET (The water is still cold!)
- BE ABLE TO SELF-RESCUE & KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
- IF SUBMERGED, FLOAT ON YOUR BACK, FEET HEADING DOWNSTREAM.
- IF FLOWING INTO A STRAINER, GRAB IT, CLIMB ON IT FAST AND LEAVE THE BOAT.
- ALWAYS BOAT/FLOAT SOBER.
- HAVE PADDLE, WILL MANEUVER. Float toys have very little maneuverability and create higher risks of injury. Float toys are not designed for a river. Use a sturdy craft with paddles.
- KNOW WHAT EQUIPMENT TO CARRY AND STATE LAWS: Whistle, life jackets, AIS permit, and possibly more equipment for motorboats.
- AFTER FUELING, REMEMBER TO VENT COMPARTMENTS.
From day-to-day, the water will go down and change the river/lake dynamics. Steep drop offs, strong hydraulics, etc. Check the Marine Board’s website to learn where the reported navigation obstructions are. Where possible, the agency will work with Marine Law Enforcement to mitigate navigation obstructions.
Keep this summer fun by applying these precautions!