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Coast Guard reminding boaters to be safety conscious during Labor Day weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday urged boaters to be safety conscious this Labor Day weekend, as revelers take to local waters.

"If boating is a part of your holiday, please make safety a part of your plans," advised Chief Petty Officer Brad Adams. "Safe boating includes having a properly sized lifejacket for each person aboard, flares, fire extinguishers and all other state and federally required safety equipment.

"Alcohol and boating do not mix," Adams continued. "If you intend to consume alcohol, assign a designated driver for your vessel."

Boating under the influence can lead to both federal and state charges with penalties of up to one year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

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