Boaters warned about annual pony swim

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Tourists attending the July 29 Chincoteague Pony Swim in Virginia should avoid chartering boats without licensed captains inspected by the Coast Guard.

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Sector Hampton Roads personnel will be aggressively enforcing federal regulations intended to ensure the safety of the public during this event. Boat crews will board boats and cite charters that do not have licensed captains or are carrying more than six passengers without the required Certificate of Inspection.

The Coast Guard advises tourists to ask the boat’s captain to show his or her original Coast Guard license.

The boat is required to be inspected by the Coast Guard if it carries more than six passengers and the certificate should be displayed in an area accessible to passengers.

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