Keep safe on the water

By | June 25, 2017

2015 Float from the Border to Ford

Summer days on the water with family and friends are ahead. Here’s a primer on how to keep those days safe and fun for the entire crew.

  • All boats must have one U.S Coast Guard-approved life jacket, also known as a personal floatation device or PFD Type I, II, or III, for each person on board.
  • Life jackets must be in good condition, the appropriate size for the intended wearer, and readily accessible.
  • Boats 16 feet or longer (excluding canoes and kayaks) must also have at least one throwable floatation device (Type IV) such as a ring buoy or boat cushion. This floatation device must be immediately available and within reach of the boat’s operator or passengers.
  • Under Montana law, life jackets must be worn by:
    • kids under 12 years of age in boats less than 26 feet in length and in motion;
    • water skiers, tubers, or anyone being towed by a boat; and
    • anyone operating or riding a personal watercraft such as a wave runner or jet ski.

The importance of life jackets cannot be underestimated. If you’re floating through whitewater or get caught in a storm, wearing a lifejacket could save your life. These rules are there to help keep summer days on the water safe and fun for everyone.

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Patti Hart is the editor-in-chief and founder of the Patti lives on the North Fork during the summers and travels the world for the rest of the year, updating NFNews every day wherever there is an internet connection.

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