Coast Guard Urges Boating Safe As Noel Passes

The Coast Guard is urging boaters to use extra caution this weekend as Hurricane Noel passes our coast.

With sustained winds of 30-40 miles per hour and seas of 8 to 12 feet, boaters should put safety first.

The Coast Guard says boat owners are urged to double check their mooring lines and secure life rings, life jackets, and other loose items on their boat.

Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm. They are generally authorized to remain closed up to eight hours prior to the approach of gale force winds of 34 knots or greater, and whenever an evacuation is ordered.