Boaters take safety tips at Coast Guard event

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - 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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