Late summer boating in Southern Nevada is a
great way to spend time with the family and escape the heat of the city, but with
monsoon season upon us, game wardens at the Nevada Department of Wildlife
(NDOW) are urging boaters to keep an eye on the weather. The National Weather Service
is predicting a very active monsoon season this year, which means boaters need
to be more vigilant while on the water.
are a threat on many levels,” said Nevada Game Warden Victor Jordan. “They move
in quickly, bringing high winds and heavy rain and boaters can often get caught
are a few suggestions to stay safe if you get caught on the water in a monsoon.
Wear your life jacket. Wearing your life jacket increases
your chances of surviving a fall overboard during bad weather.
Monitor the weather station on your radio. These storms come on
quickly, but if you are monitoring the weather channel you will have more than
enough warning of an approaching storm.
Wait out the storm. Find a protective cove and wait until
the storm passes. Too often boaters try to make it back to the marina or launch
ramp after the storm is already upon them.
Don’t overload your vessel. Make sure you know
the limits of your vessel and do not exceed them because overloading your
vessel can cause it to capsize. Check the capacity plate for the specific
number of people or weight allowed for your vessel.
“We definitely want
you out on the water enjoying everything Nevada has to offer,” said Jordan. “But
this time of year you just have to take a few extra precautions to keep you and
your passengers’ safe.”
Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and
wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife
and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license
and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear.
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