Michigan DNR prepare for holiday weekend

NOW: Michigan DNR prepare for holiday weekend

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. -- Boater experience and preparation is key to safety out on the water. But, there are some steps to take if an emergency strikes.

In 2020, there were 181 boating accidents reported in Michigan with 33 fatalities. According to the U.S. coast guards, drowning is the cause of death in 79% of boating related facilities.

Michigan DNR encourages life jacket use as the first step to protecting yourself and others. This year, the officers will be on the lookout for teens and youth properly wearing their life jacket. When spotted, your kiddo can receive a free ice cream from a participating McDonalds.

This is all part of their mission to avoid tragedy. If an accident were to occur and someone would need assistance, bystanders first encouraged to inform emergency officials. Next, follow the steps of reach, throw and go.

“Reach throw or go, reach for the person, throw something to them and if all else fails possibly go in there and bring them into your vessel for safety,” says Cpl. Ivan Perez, Michigan DNR, State Marine Specialist.  

Further information and boating classes information can be found here.

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