Safe boating week slated
The week of May 16-22, 2009 has been proclaimed Safe Boating Week in Louisiana by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 7 meeting.
The week kicks off the summer boating season and the LDWF reminds all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water.
Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.
Vessel operators are advised to review Louisiana boating laws and anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988, is reminded to complete a Boating Education course before operating a vessel with a 10 horsepower or greater motor. Additionally, Louisiana law requires anyone operating a personal watercraft to be at least 16 years of age and to have completed a Boating Education course.
LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be on the water again this summer to verify boater compliance with all boating regulations and to help make recreational boating in Louisiana a safe and enjoyable outdoor activity.