Boat Patrol Makes Sure Boaters Are Safe

A sergeant with the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Department who works with their boat patrol urges residents to make sure their boat is operating safely. Sergeant Paul Rottscholl says he’s been with their boat patrol the last 9 to 10 years. He says if they stop you for a violation they will also check to see if you have any safety violations. He says that will include whether your battery is sufficiently charged, if you have enough gas and life jackets. He says your boat should also carry a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, flash lights in case you lose power after dark, oars and you should make sure your boat is properly registered. He says in order to operate a boat in the state you also need a valid boater safety certificate. Rottscholl says if you were born after July 1st, 1989 you are required to take courses to get that certificate. Rottscholl says you can check the DNR website to find out where the nearest boater safety course is. He says the Sheriff’s Department is offering their own boater safety course during the next two weeks.