Help Me Hank: Boating safety

Help Me Hank: Boating safety


thousands of boats will be out on the lakes across Michigan this summer of course but more people on the water means more hazards we just told you about the 11 people who had to be rescued after their boat capsized it is very serious and it’s more important than ever to keep boat safety rules in mind Hank Winchester is out by the water right now and Hank last weekend the US Coast Guard assisted more than 90 people on the Great Lakes they did Karen it was a big problem you know the Coast Guard officials are out there right now this is the busy time of year for rescues because so many people have time off because of the holiday as you mentioned 90 people are rescued this last weekend all over the state of Michigan dealing mainly with capsized and disabled boats which is what played out on Pine Lake boats that were taking on water and people in the water right now some information to keep you and your family safe cruising lake st. clair with the Macomb County Sheriff Marine Division deputies on patrol on the lookout for trouble people operating recklessly and they’re endangering themselves or endangering other people out there we have speed laws out here specifically called the no wake laws that we enforce when people are going too fast sergeant frank bernard says the focus isn’t handing out tickets it’s on Public Safety through education we can’t do nothing to really stop at accidents once it’s happening but we can educate people to know what’s important we’ll keep them safe and you have what do you say to class did you excellent and when they do stop a boat they’ll make sure boaters have enough life jackets and floatation devices on board in case something goes horribly wrong for every 10 contact stops we have we probably give one ticket two tickets Todd Brinkman from Rochester brings his family out in Lake and like seeing the deputies out there too I feel like I’m doing nothing wrong so I don’t have anything to worry about but I see other people that you know one time I was towing my daughter and another boat came you know cut right in behind me that kind of thing is what the US Coast Guard warns about not paying attention improper lookout and inexperience for the top factors for boat crashes here in Metro Detroit excessive speed and alcohol also making that list these mistakes are most often seen crowded Lakes the traffic picks up you know there’s people going to speak brother whether they start making their plans for the weekend to come out on their boat and the outcome can be downright devastating last year there are 116 boating accidents in Michigan of those 19 were deadly get the registration you get your life jackets get fire extinguishers on board deputies just want you to follow the rules keep an eye out for the no wake zone slowdown in those areas when you come to a crossing with another boat follow the rules on who has the right-of-way to avoid a collision if for some reason two boats are going head-on both boats must slow down and go to the right of each other and keep your cell phone on you and also have a GPS and call police if you run into any trouble back out here live I know that was a lot of information so what we’ve done is we’ve condensed it all and we put together a video that you can share and take a look at with friends and family it is on the help me Hank page our Facebook page you’ll also find more information at clickondetroit.com we’re live here tonight on Belle Isle Hank Winchester back to you very busy time for the US Coast Guard that is for sure Hank obviously they’re talking boating safety but they’re also warning people about drinking while boating as well yeah Karen you know the same rules apply I think people need to remember same rules apply on a boat as they do to behind the wheel so drinking not allowed while you are behind the wheel of that boat same rule as 0.08 you can be ticketed you can be cited for drunk driving and while operating a boat on the water in Michigan back to you port and reminder all right Thank You Hank

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