Vessel Checks Offered Saturday At Governor Bond Lake

The City of Greenville, in conjunction with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, will provide voluntary boat safety checks this Saturday.  The checks will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Buzzard Bay Marina off Red Ball Trail and will be conducted by certified vessel examiners from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

“What we plan on doing is vessel safety checks and they’re free and voluntary; you’re not required to take them if you don’t want to,” Tony Brooks, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, told WGEL.  “A couple of us will be out there to check your boat and make sure it’s within compliance with federal guidelines on boating safety.  We’ll make sure you have the proper number of life jackets, check your lighting, we’ll check your battery case. We’ll check several different items.

“If you don’t have what you need, we won’t issue a sticker and we’ll request that you either get it squared away or ask us what you need and we’ll see if we can help you get it lined up and then we’ll re-check it again, if you want us to, at a later time.”

Brooks said the vessel checks are provided by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the City of Greenville to promote boating safety.