Coast Guard searches for missing boater
Another July 4th weekend and more reports of mishaps on our Great Lakes. The Coast Guard is looking for a boater in West Grand Traverse Bay. This is after a report that an overturned boat was spotted around 6 p.m. the afternoon of July 4th. This happens to be a Seadoo and the keys were found in the ignition of the boat. Also, the Coast Guard has stated that the registration number for the boat is no longer registered to the correct owner. When you purchase a boat it must get registered.
Let this be a reminder to us all that a personal watercraft (PWC) is not a play toy with no rules or regulations. Each person that rides on a PWC must have a United States Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. You must also wear a personal floatation device if you are being towed by a personal watercraft. Are you aware that is illegal to do the following?
- Jump the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to the other vessel.
- Weave your PWC through congested traffic.
- Swerve at the last possible moment to avoid collision.
A personal watercraft can be a lot of fun! But safety has to come first and foremost. It is important to know that you may not operate a PWC in water less than two feet deep unless you are operating at “slow, no wake speed” perpendicular to the shoreline. Let’s hope that this seadoo was just abandoned and there was no tragic accident that happened to the person who was operating this boat. Extra caution has to be used on such a busy holiday weekend. Everyone wants to have a lot of fun but everyone wants to be able to return home at night after the fun is done. Let’s hope this story has a good outcome.