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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 5:00 AM EDT on May 27, 2016


... Safe boating... it's all up to you...

National safe boating week is may 21st through may 27th.

The National Weather Service in Burlington Vermont as well as
the United States Coast Guard, law enforcement and other first
responders urge you to prepare before venturing on the water.

Safe boating on Lake Champlain and other bodies of water is no
accident. It takes proper preparation, education and common sense.
The maritime environment is a complex mix of weather, water and
humans. Any one of these aspects can cause problems in short order.
That's why it's critically important to plan ahead and know what to
do in case of an emergency.

Many boating accidents are the result of human error or poor
judgment and not the boating vessel itself. However, there are
many natural hazards that the mariner needs to be aware of as well:

- thunderstorms with lightning and strong gusty winds.

- Lightning can strike up to 15 miles from the storm, thus if you
hear thunder or experience static on your radio, seek safe Harbor
immediately.

- Strong or gusty winds, including those near thunderstorms and the
associated rough water can steer a boat into danger or capsize it.

- Poor visibility due to rain, fog or haze. Always have a crew
member designated as a lookout.

- Floating debris, especially near the mouths of rivers and
especially after a heavy rainfall.

Again, preparation is the key. Some things that can be done to
be prepared for a day on the water.

- Plan ahead. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards before
venturing out on the water and always have a life jacket.

- Before venturing out, always let someone on land know where
you/re going and when you plan on returning.

- Noaa's National Weather Service in Burlington broadcasts on the
following frequencies 24 hours a day... 162.400 megahertz... 162.425
megahertz... 162.475 megahertz... 162.500 megahertz and 162.525
megahertz.

- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio on your vessel and be prepared for
changeable weather. Keep an eye to threatening skies, this could
indicate a change in wind speed, direction, waves and potential
thunderstorms.

- Have life jackets on board for all passengers and easily
accessible. However, the best protection is to wear them, they
won't work unless you wear them. The life jacket not only helps you
stay afloat but protects you longer from hypothermia.

Safe boating is no accident! Please take the time to think safety
first and plan appropriately for weather and water conditions before
heading out on lakes, rivers, d streams. Remember, no matter
the season... when you are on the water always wear your life jacket.

Be safe and enjoy the Summer season on the various waterways across
Vermont and northern New York.


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Alaska - Fire Weather Watch , Special Statement , Record Report
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Record Report
California - Freeze Warning, Freeze Watch
Colorado - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Flood Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Air Quality Alert , Air Quality Alert, Special Statement
Delaware - Air Quality Alert
District of Columbia - Air Quality Alert
Hawaii - Flash Flood Warning , Record Report
Idaho - Lake Wind Advisory
Illinois - Public Information Statement
Iowa - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Kansas - Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory
Maine - Public Information Statement
Maryland - Air Quality Alert
Massachusetts - Air Quality Alert , Air Quality Alert, Special Statement
Michigan - Dense Fog Advisory
Missouri - Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Flash Flood Watch , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Nebraska - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
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New York - Air Quality Alert, Special Statement , Air Quality Alert , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Oklahoma - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory
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Pennsylvania - Air Quality Alert
Rhode Island - Air Quality Alert
Tennessee - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
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Vermont - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Virginia - Air Quality Alert
Wyoming - Flood Warning

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