US Coast Guard reminds boaters to be vigilant on the water this Memorial Day

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The US Coast Guard issued an advisory for beach goers this Memorial Day as high winds and waves could make for hazardous conditions on Lake Michigan. 

Weather conditions can also be an issue for those taking the boat out. For many, Memorial Day weekend is the first time they're getting on a boat this year. 

MK-3 Petty Officer Tyler Mudd says people should have a "float plan" before they go out on the water.

"A float plan is a piece of paper you're going to leave behind with somebody you trust-- telling them where you're leaving from, where you're going, what you're doing, who you're going with," said Officer Mudd. "Also [tell them] what time you plan to be back and also where you're coming back in at, and your phone number so they can contact you if you're not back." 

Officer Mudd also says every person should have a USCG approved life jacket. The beginning of summer is a good time to make sure all of the fasteners are still in tact and nothing is torn on your life jackets. Officers with the coast guard will be out on the water checking for life jackets throughout the day.

If you feel like you're in trouble, you can always wave down a USCG boat if you see one.


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