Conservation officers offer safe boating tips

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on April 25, 2018 with No Comments

Indiana Conservation Officers are offering Indiana boaters useful tips for an enjoyable and safe summer on the water.

Conservation officers, who will be patrolling Indiana waterways this summer, encourage boaters to become familiar with state boating laws and to follow these safety tips:

1.      Always wear your lifejacket.

2.      Never sit on the gunwale (sides) of a motorboat while in motion.

3.      Do not ride on the bow decking of a motorboat while in motion.

4.      Never tow a skier or tuber without an observer.

5.      Pay attention to marker buoys and idle zone restricted areas.

6.      If over 21, consume alcoholic beverages in moderation (0.08 is the legal limit).

7.      Use navigational lights and anchor lights between sunset and sunrise.

8.      Obey the night time speed limit of 10 mph on all inland lakes.

Indiana had 58 open water drownings in 2013, the most recent available statistic. Many drownings are preventable by wearing a life jacket.

The Indiana Boating Guide is available online at boat-ed.com/indiana/handbook. Hard copies are available at most boat marinas.

Anyone witnessing boating violations or in need of assistance from a conservation officer can call 812-837-9536 to reach any officer in the state.

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