COAST GUARD REMINDS SAFETY FIRST, FOLLOWING LATEST DEATH

The Coast Guard is reminding boaters of safety tips, since the 9th fatality was reported in mid-Atlantic waters. The latest incident took place on Saturday, off the coast of Baltimore.

Though the locations and circumstances leading to these recent accidents vary, they all underscore two important lessons about enjoying time on or near the water: Always take the necessary precautions and exercise caution.

“There is a certain element of risk when you go boating and there are inherent dangers to swimming in tidal waters,” said Dennis Sens, Coast Guard 5th District Recreational Boating Safety Specialist. “As more people consider heading to the water, they should also consider how to be safe on it.”

However, dangers in and around the water are not limited to boaters. In the last two weeks the Coast Guard responded to three separate incidents in which hazardous tides and currents played a deadly role. On May 31 a 9-year-old boy died after getting caught in a rip current at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Rip currents also claimed the life of a 15-year-old swimmer at Bradley Beach, N.J., on June 9.

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