New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey reminded boaters heading out for the holiday weekend to be mindful of potentially dangerous conditions after recent heavy rainfall and flooding.
Harvey said in a press release yesterday that "Many areas of New York are experiencing high water levels and fast moving rivers due to unusually heavy rainfall." "These conditions may pose unexpected dangers to boaters. Before setting out, he urges boaters to make sure they understand the conditions they might face and avoid bodies of water that may be unsafe. Don’t let a poorly planned boating trip turn your holiday into a tragedy."
The office, along with the United States Coast Guard, strongly recommend wearing life jackets, especially while aboard small manually propelled watercraft.
Additionally it is recommended that all boaters:
Properly equip and carry essential safety gear, signaling devices and whistles;
Always let others know where you’re going and when to expect your return;
Take a boating safety or paddle sport skills course; and always,
Refrain from mixing alcohol with boating.