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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT  
500 AM EDT FRI MAY 26 2017  
   
..SAFE BOATING...IT'S ALL UP TO YOU
 
 
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK IS MAY 20TH THROUGH MAY 26TH.  
 
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 THIS  
BOATING SEASON.  
 
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, SO 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, AS 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, AND 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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