Inspect your boat! It's National Safe Boating Week
Sat, 18 May 2013 21:31:34 GMT —
The Great Lakes Coast Guard is urging boaters to inspect their boats before heading out on the water.
Officials say they have performed two water rescues recently.
In both cases, the boats were not "water-ready."
The Coast Guard is using "National Safe Boating Week" as a time to encourage people to be safe on the water.
They caution against drinking and driving and encourage recreational boaters to wear safety vests at all times.
In 2012, 651 boaters died on U.S. waterways. 70% of those deaths were the result of drowning.
National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18-24.