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CNY boaters urged to carry proper safety equipment

The boat launch at Oneida Shores County Park.
Onondaga County
The boat launch at Oneida Shores County Park.

This Fourth of July weekend, temperatures are well into the 80’s, skies are mostly rain-free, and the lakes are begging for boaters.

Sgt. Dan Pace is on Oneida Lake this weekend working for the Onondaga Sheriff’s Marine Patrol unit. He says they’re seeing a lot of new boaters out on the water. If you’re one of them, be prepared to show officers you’re carrying the state required equipment on their checklist.

"New York State requires life jackets for everyone on board," Pace said. "Anyone under the age of 12 is required to wear the life jackets when the boat is underway. You also have to have a a sound producing device, so a whistle, a horn, something in case of emergency you can get somebody's attention." 

He added to that list flares, and a bright orange flag - for when the boat is stranded, and finally a fire extinguisher. 

This summer, they have one more item on the list, ahead of the newly enacted Brianna’s Law.
“Effective January 1st, 2025. Everyone, regardless of age, is going to be required to have their boater safety certificate," Pace said. "That is specifically to operate a boat.”

Pace says they’re not out there to chill the holiday vibe, but rather to educate and keep the waters safe.

Moore arrives in Syracuse after working in the Phoenix, Arizona, market, where her extensive experience includes tenures as a Morning Edition reporter for KJZZ-FM, the local NPR affiliate; producing, anchoring and reporting for KTAR News Radio; and serving as a political and senior reporter for KNXV-TV.