ALEA strengthens maritime patrols for Memorial Day weekend
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – Additional Marines have been on Alabama waters all week, and that will continue over the holiday weekend.
We are driving with ALEA Marine Patrol while they were making a stop.
Below is a list of safety guidelines and tips.
• Watch out for other boaters. Avoid passing too close to moving boats, idling boats
and individuals in the water.
• Boaters should avoid consuming alcoholic beverages or using the designated operator
system. Sun, wind and other weather conditions are already having an effect on boaters
known as “boater fatigue”, and the consumption of alcohol only compounds and
intensifies the effect.
• When towing or pulling people on tubes or water skis, avoid spending
prolonged periods in small areas. Look for calm, open waters where water traffic is
• Everyone must wear a US Coast Guard approved PFD (life jacket)
way, especially at night. Operators are responsible for everyone on board and must
ensure all passengers know where PFDs are stored, how to reach them quickly and how
to use them correctly.
• Children under the age of 8 must wear a PFD at all times (except inside a
permanently attached cabin enclosure). They should also wear PFDs
• All people pulled by a boat on water skis, tubes or any other aqua-planing
devices must also wear US Coast Guard approved PFDs.
• Operators must adhere to the capacity plate requirements and never overload vessels.
beyond the recommended safe load capacity. These restrictions will include the
weight of the equipment and of all persons on board.
• Under Alabama law, stand-up canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are considered
be ships and are subject to PFD requirements. There must be a US Coast Guard approved PFD on board for each occupant; and children under 8 on board
these trades are required to have them at all times.
• Ships passing in front must keep to the right. In a narrow channel, ships will keep
to the right of the median canal.
• Vessels passing or approaching another vehicle should be conducted in such a manner
and at such a speed that it will not create a dangerous wash or wake-up call.
• Avoid sailing at night unless you are familiar with the water. Then operate at a
reduced and safe speed. Make sure all navigation lights are in good working order and
displayed correctly. Have a cell phone and flashlight handy in case of an emergency