OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — If you’re revving up the engine and heading out on the water this weekend, the Oswego Fire Department wants to make sure you’re being safe.
“Alcohol is a dominant factor in boating-related incidents and it’s very easy for things to go awry,” said Lt. Drew Montalbano.
The main points the fire department is driving home? Boat sober, wear your life jacket and be aware of your surroundings.
“Unlicensed boaters contribute to the vast majority of boating-related incidents,” said Lt. Montalbano.
Even if you’re a weekend regular, those around you may be hitting the throttle for the first time and they may not know the rules of the water.
“The city of Oswego has a no-wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore,” said Lt. Montalbano.
Which means you can’t ski or tube unless you’re far out on the lake. And if you do plan on bringing the skis, you’ll also need a spotter.
“They need to be aware that they’re less maneuverable and the individuals being towed are at the control of the operator,” said Lt. Montalbano.
The fire department also has a loaner program at Wright’s Landing Marina. You can take life jackets off a tree there, just make sure you return them at the end of the day.
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