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Officers Explain Laws Surrounding Teenagers And Boating


On Tuesday, North Carolina Wildlife Resources released the identity of a missing teenager whose body was found in the Trent River near River Bend.

With the news that Tanner Webb's body had been found, WITN looked into the laws surrounding teenagers and boating.

Wildlife Resources Officer Kyle Van Althuis said a person of any age can drive a boat in state waters, but those under the age of 26 must have a NASBLA certification.

NASBLA stands for National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators. Officer Van Althuis says the six-hour course is rigorous.

"It teaches you basic safety, basic navigation rules while on the water, how to trail a boat, how to operate a boat," explains Van Althuis. "It's a tough course and you have to pass the test."

Authorities didn't say if the teen operating the boat had that NASBLA certification or not, but the Coast Guard says that Webb was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.


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