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Coast Guard outlines safety measures following string of incidents in the Lower Niagara River

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a list of guidelines Monday outlining safe and unsafe boating activities for residents in Niagara and Erie counties, following a string of accidents on the Lower Niagara River this month.

Citing a series of cases involving unsafe activity on July 23 in the Lower Niagara River, the Coast Guard reminded boaters of the importance of safe boating practices. Examples of unsafe boating behaviors included using pool toys and other objects not intended for open water use as vessels, boating or swimming while intoxicated and not wearing or incorrectly wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard also detailed steps boaters could take to be safer on the water, such as making a float plan beforehand and keeping an emergency contact device on hand at all times.

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