Fort Mill Times

Vessel safety checks begin March 24 on Lake Wylie

Flotilla 26-02 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold free Vessel Safety Checks on Lake Wylie beginning Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River Hills Marina.

A Vessel Safety Check is a voluntary examination of vessel compliance with federal and state laws, and a courtesy check of safety equipment carried or installed on a boat. Life jackets, registration and numbering, navigation lights, ventilation, fire extinguishers, distress signals (flares, horn, etc.) and battery cover and connections are all required by law. If missing or non-operating, it can result in a citation if inspected by the Coast Guard. No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to enforcement agencies.

Other checks will be held:

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 7 at Tega Cay Marina.

• Noon to 3 p.m. April 15 at Lake Wylie Marina.

• Noon to 3 p.m. April 21 at Pier 49.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29 at River Hills Marina.

A decal is awarded if the vessel has passed the examination.

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