TOLEDO, Ohio — Memorial Day weekend really jump-starts boating season around Northwest Ohio.
For the U.S. Coast Guard Toledo Station, Memorial Day weekend isn’t the time to relax.
“We are prepared for any event or any weekend such as memorial day weekend,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Jhonny Benitez said.
Over the winter though it can be easy to forget some equipment and regulations needed when hitting the water.
“When people are just starting to get their boats out of winterization one of the common things we see is forgetting to put your boat plugs in or very, very simple things like not having life jackets on board,” Benitez said. “So make sure before you put your boat in the water, you have the safety equipment that you need.”