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Boaters take safety tips at Coast Guard event


Thousands of boaters visit Lowcountry waterways each summer, and Coast Guard Charleston Response Chief Brian LeFebvre wants each one to stay safe.

Chief LeFebvre and various maritime responders hosted a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Saturday morning.   

"In order to have a safe trip, wear your life jacket," he said.  "If you're going off-shore, make sure you have an EPIRB, and have a plan and make sure that someone back on shore knows what that plan is."

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, or EPIRB, can help rescuers locate a person or boat in distress.

The event also featured 20 maritime response vessels, including a North Charleston Fire Department fireboat.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of fatal boating accident victims were reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

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