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Pleasure boaters ordered back to the docks

Coast Guard boarding teams throughout the Great Lakes region terminated the voyages of more than 25 vessels last weekend because of various reasons, mainly for not having enough life jackets aboard and for boating while under the influence.

Of the more than 25 voyages terminated this weekend by the Coast Guard, 11 were terminated because there were either no lifejackets or improper fitting life jackets aboard.

Nine of the voyages were terminated because the operators appeared to be intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests and/or breathalyzers, which indicates their blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.

Furthermore, throughout this weekend the Coast Guard and other agencies were able to respond and assist many boaters in distress who contacted emergency services through their VHF-FM marine radio.

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