Florida boaters advised to prep for hurricane season

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is urging Florida boat owners to prepare themselves for the hurricane season.

"Now is the time to properly secure your vessel to make sure it doesn’t break free and cause damage to property or result in people getting injured," Capt. Tom Shipp, of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section, told the Westchase Patch.

Vessels that break free can cause problems in waterways with leaking fuel and oil pollution; by drifting into bridges, docks, seawalls and piers; and by interfering with navigation. In addition, the boats can be damaged.

The FWC recommends that owners who trailer their boats secure them in a safe location, let some air out of the trailer tires, block the wheels and, if possible, anchor the boat down and/or add weight to help keep it in place.

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