Fish and Wildlife Issues Boat Safety Reminders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has some advice for people taking their boats out in coming weeks, during summer's last days.

Boating Education Coordinator Zac Campbell says more and more non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes are out on the water. Campbell says the low profile of such boats makes them harder for motor boat operators to see. And he says they aren't as easy to maneuver to avoid danger.

Campbell advises wearing a lifejacket while on the water and bringing a flotation device in case of trouble.

Boat operators are also warned to watch out for boater's fatigue, which is caused by a combination of sun, dehydration and movement of the boat. Campbell says adding alcohol to the mix makes for a potentially dangerous situation.


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