Boat safety reminders ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Boaters reminded to have life jackets for each passenger

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Plenty of boaters are hoping to get on the water for the long weekend.

But when on the water, boaters should keep some safety tips in mind.

Changes in weather can bring lightning and rough water.

Having a radio or another way to check on the weather can help you stay safe on the water.

Drivers should not drink while operating the boat.

Like being behind the wheel of a car, drivers with a blood-alcohol level of point oh eight or above will be arrested.

And even if you’re in familiar with an area you are boating, you still need to stay focused on the water ahead.

“Over the course of the flood season and early spring, a lot of stuff change and shift under the water that you can’t see. So make sure you take your time when you’re navigating some of the waterways that you think you know,” said La Crosse Police Captain Jason Melby.

One U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket needs to be on board for each person.

There is a life jacket loaner station at the West Clinton Boat landing in La Crosse as well as landings in Stoddard and Genoa.