May 19 - Text Someone Where you are Going
Texting or telling someone your float plan
for the day ensures that if your boat excursion extends longer than
planned or if you run into trouble, someone will know where you were
headed and have an idea of where to send rescuers to look for you.
Thousands of hours
and dollars are spent searching for missing boaters each year. While
many of these searches are for a good reason, a number of them are due
to the fact that no one knew when the boaters were supposed to be back
or where they were going in the first place.
minutes to fill out a float plan would have prevented many of these
needless searches or allowed rescuers to narrow down the area in which
they are searching. The purpose of a float plan is to explain where you
plan to boat, how long you will be gone, and when you plan to return. In
addition, you should provide a number to call if you fail to return by
the appointed time. You should give your float plan to a trusted friend
or family member staying on the store. And, at the end of your boating
trip, don't forget to call your friend or family member to let him/her
know that you made it home safely. Click this link to the US Coast Guard
Auxiliary's Float Plan Form.
Please note that this is not filed with the Coast Guard and will still
need to be printed and given to a friend or family member.
Today’s letter is T.