Boating class held
Sgt. Scott Fontenot, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent, conducted a boating safety class Saturday, August 16, in Ville Platte at the Veterans’ Home.
Twenty students participated and 18 took the test. He was assisted by Harry Hollahan, a volunteer boating safety instructor. All persons born before January 1, 1988, must complete the course, according to the law. Remember, persons born after January 1, 1988, may not operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of 10 horsepower unless he or she has successfully completed a boating safety course approved by NASBLA. These persons must be in possession of evidence of completion of the approved course whenever operating such a vessel. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (PWC). However, persons under 16 who are 13 years of age or older on January 1, 2005, may operate a PWC if they have completed an approved boating safety course and carry proof of completion of the course. It is illegal for a person who owns or has charge of a personal watercraft to knowingly permit a person under the age of 13 years to operate the PWC. It is illegal for a rental company to rent a personal watercraft to anyone under 13 years of age.