Vermont, Coast Guard Sign Boating Safety Agreement

Lake Champlain, photo by ##http://newenglandboating.com/photographers/joe-devenney## Joe Devenney##

Vermont State Police, Marine Division, and the First Coast Guard District have signed a memorandum of agreement that will set the framework and procedures for the relationship between the Coast Guard and Vermont.

Keith W. Flynn, Vermont’s Commissioner of Public Safety, and Rear Admiral Daniel A. Neptun, First Coast Guard District Commander, recently formalized the partnership.

The agreement defines how the state of Vermont and the Coast Guard will work together to oversee recreational boating safety programs, including mutual enforcement of law relating to recreational boating safety on waters within concurrent jurisdiction of the State of Vermont and the United States.

The agreement also assists the agencies in exchanging relevant information on law enforcement, boating safety and search and rescue incidents to enhance success for each organization.

“This partnership unifies Vermont and Coast Guard efforts to make waterways safer for all recreational boaters, including canoes, kayaks, powerboats, sailing vessels, stand-up paddle boards and many other vessels found on our waters,” said Walt Taylor, recreational boating safety program manager for the First Coast Guard District.

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