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Prepare for a day on the water

May 28, 2014
FL Guide

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds you that a float plan doesn't need to be complicated. It can be as simple as letting someone know that you're going fishing at the point and you'll be back before nightfall. This way, if you are overdue the search party has some idea on where to start looking for you. If you are going on an extended journey, use a printed float plan and give it to friends or family. In the event you are overdue, the details that are supplied on the form will help your search and rescue efforts.

One very important point to remember: If your plans change, inform the person who has your float plan. Avoid a search and rescue mission which can be costly for someone that isn't lost and really doesn't need rescue. A false SAR can cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars needlessly.

Make it a policy to have a NOAA weather radio aboard your boat. Even if you're just fishing in the afternoon. Many family radio service radios have the channels built in.

--provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Fort Myers Beach



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