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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MARINE UNIT REMINDS CITIZENS TO BE SAFE WHILE ENJOYING BUTTE COUNTY WATERWAYS

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Categories: Press Release

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May 23, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MARINE UNIT REMINDS CITIZENS TO BE SAFE WHILE ENJOYING BUTTE COUNTY WATERWAYS
Oroville, Ca--Keep the summer fun coming - whether it's a recreational boat, a canoe, or a personal watercraft, the Butte County Sheriff’s Marine Unit wants everyone to have a safe and memorable time out on the water.

Operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness, and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic boat accidents, and the leading cause of death while boating is drowning. Crash statistics show that boaters who wear life jackets and take boater safety courses are most likely to stay safe on our waterways.

Follow these basic safety tips when enjoying our beautiful lakes and rivers with family and friends:

 Wear a life jacket and insist that your guests do the same. Children under the age of 13 are required by law to wear a life jacket that fits them properly while on your boat, and a life jacket on board of proper size is required for every person. Life jackets are also required on standup paddle boards and kayaks/canoes.
 Never drink alcohol while boating. Alcohol was again the leading factor in all fatal boating accidents. Stay sharp on the water by leaving the alcohol on land.
 Take a boating safety course. Many courses are available online, and California’s Boater Card requirements are now in effect - this year, anyone ages 16-20 must have a card in their possession to operate a boat, and older age groups will be included in years following. Visit californiaboatercard.com to get started.
 Stay in control by taking charge of your safety and that of your passengers - it is imperative to maintain control of your vessel and your passengers. Don’t forget that safety and responsibility begins with you.
 Understand and obey boating safety recommendations and navigational rules - learn the rules of boating before you head out on the water.
 Prepare your boat before you leave home - make sure it runs and operates safely, and be sure to check for required equipment such as life jackets, a throwable flotation device, and a marine-type fire extinguisher. Visit California Boating & Waterways online for complete requirements specific to your boat.
The Sheriff’s Marine Unit is out on our waterways to ensure a safe environment for all - boater education and strict enforcement of California’s boating laws are always a priority, so follow the rules, have fun, and enjoy the summer season!
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For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

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