Coast Guard warns boat owners of snow, ice danger

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The Coast Guard is advising boat owners about the danger posed to their vessels by the recent and continuing snowstorms and severe icing.

The Coast Guard has responded to several incidents within the last week where recreational or small fishing vessels sank at their pier or mooring because of excess weight from snow and ice. With the accumulation from this week's significant winter storms, more vessels may be at risk.

"Harbormasters, marina owners and operators, and owners of recreational or small fishing boats still in the water should consider examining their boats for excess snow and ice," said Capt. Verne Gifford, commander of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. "If safe to do so, they may want to remove some snow and ice to prevent sinking from the extra weight. Owners may also want to consider removing their boats from the water altogether."

Click here for a copy of Captain Gifford's Marine Safety Information Bulletin.