2011-05-21 / News

Free boat safety inspections May 21, 22

COLUMBUS – Keeping recreational boating a safe and pleasurable experience is the goal of encouraging Ohioans to get a free vessel safety inspection offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft and its boating partners.

Free to the public, more than 85 safety inspection events have been scheduled through early June, according to the Division of Watercraft. Many of these will be held the weekends of May 21-22 and May 28-30 in observance of National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27) and the Memorial Day holiday (May 28-30) weekend which signals the traditional start of Ohio’s summer boating season. The vessel safety inspections help increase safety awareness just as many Ohioans are launching their boats for the first time this year. A complete listing of vessel safety inspections may be found at http:// ohiodnr.com/watercraft/areas/ tabid/2487/Default.aspx.

Watercraft officers provide written courtesy inspection reports that allow boat owners to make any recommended improvements to their boating safety equipment. These inspections typically examine the condition of required safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, horns, navigational lights and distress signals, as well as life jackets and vests, which must be kept in good condition and readily accessible to all boat occupants.

Information on required safety equipment, boating rules and other boating programs is available online at www.ohiodnr.com/ watercraft.

Buckeye Lake inspections are:

• Saturday, May 21: Leibs Island boat ramp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sunday, May, 22: Buckeye Lake North Shore boat ramp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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