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Labor Day weekend prompts boating safety awareness

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Labor Day weekend prompts boating safety awareness (WFSB) Labor Day weekend prompts boating safety awareness (WFSB)
OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

Perfect weather is on tap for Labor Day and many people are expected to head outdoors and onto the water.

However, officials are reminding boaters about safety.

On Sunday night, two boaters near Old Saybrook were rescued from Long Island Sound, made possible by the life jackets they had on board.

Some boaters call life jackets the best life insurance policy you can have.

Michael Franzese said two years ago a boating crash left him stranded.

"(I) just misjudged the tide, pushed near into the rocks," he said.

Boater Frank Florenzano wasn't wearing a life jacket on Monday, but had one close by.

"I know its a safety issue but the thing is I do have one," he said.

On Saturday, Eyewitness News joined Stonington police during a morning patrol along the coast, and one of the main items they look for on boats are vests.

According to the 2015 Connecticut Boating Guide, 90 percent of boating deaths can be prevented by wearing life jackets.

Officials said they’re not only checking for vests, but also making sure they are in good shape and are the correct size.

Children under the age of 13 must wear them in any vessel unless below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

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