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Coast Guard offers reminders for boaters heading out to sea

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

If you're ever stranded at sea, the Coast Guard is reminding of steps you can take to get help faster.

The reminders come following the latest developments surrounding, Louis Jordan, a Conway man who said he ate raw fish and drank rainwater to survive while lost at sea for 66 days.

The Coast Guard says everyone should check their boats for all safety devices like life vests and GPS equipment and make sure it's working.

“A lot of people forget that over the winter their flares may expire and their electrical may not be working,” US Coast Guard Chief Warrant Ofc. Keith Moore said. “Is your safety equipment serviceable? It's great to have it, but if it doesn't work then its not useful when you need it.”

Authorities say it's important to make sure you have a good supply of food and water aboard.

If you contact your local Coast Guard office, crews will perform an inspection of your boat to make sure it's ready to be taken out on the open water.

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