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Sea Tow Services International, Inc. is encouraging boaters in storm-affected parts of NY, NJ and CT to stay in port for at least the next couple of weeks as Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts continue. While some boaters may be tempted to go fishing or cruising, there are various risks to being on the water at this time.

These include:

  1. The waterways are full of debris, both floating and beneath the surface, that can damage your boat and cause accidents.
  2. Channel markers and buoys may have moved during the storm.
  3. Shifting sands have changed the location of channels, sandbars and shorelines, increasing the risk of grounding.
  4. Fuel for responders is limited and should be reserved for emergency needs. Additionally, due to flooding, some fuel from marinas may be contaminated.
  5. Response personnel such as the U.S. Coast Guard and local law enforcement, as well as on-water assistance providers like Sea Tow, are focusing their efforts on Hurricane Sandy recovery—on trying to get life back to normal for the millions who were impacted. Should recreational boaters have a non-emergency problem on the water and need assistance, it will take those responders away from their current Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts—if they even are able to respond.
  6. The waters are still rough and churned up, with another Nor’easter forecast for the area this week.

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