Collier County Sheriffs Office -It’s National Fishing and Boating Week.

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It’s National Fishing and Boating Week.

The CCSO Marine Unit wants boaters to have a great time on our waterways while staying safe.

CCSO reminds boaters to always put safety first and offers these tips:

* Take a boating safety course. Courses are offered through the U.S. Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

* Wear a life jacket.

* Have all your safety gear onboard and serviceable.

* Don’t operate a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

* For extended or out-of-the ordinary excursions, file a float plan with a loved one or close friend.

* Take a fully charged cell phone.

Did you know that boating accidents are most often caused by operator-controllable factors such as carelessness, inattention, and navigation-rule violations, poor choices during bad weather, inexperience, and alcohol consumption?

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