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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
515 PM EDT WED MAY 22 2013
...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NERACOOS CONTINUES TO OBSERVE MAY 18th
THROUGH MAY 24TH AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...
The following is a safe boating message from the National Safe Boating Council
and the National Weather Service, reminding you that National Safe Boating Week
is May 18TH through May 24th.
Thunderstorms can be a mariners worst nightmare. They can develop quickly and
create dangerous wind and wave conditions. Thunderstorms can bring shifting and
gusty winds, lightning, waterspouts, and torrential downpours which can turn a
days pleasure into a nightmare of distress.
There are no specific warnings or advisories for lightning but all thunderstorms
produce lightning. A lightning strike to a vessel can be catastrophic, especially
if it results in a fire or loss of electronics. If your boat has a cabin, then
stay inside and avoid touching metal or electrical devices. If your boat doesnt
have a cabin, stay as low as you can in the boat.
Boaters should use extra caution when thunderstorm conditions exist and have a
plan of escape. Mariners are especially vulnerable as at times they may unable to
reach port quickly. It is therefore strongly recommended you do not venture out
if thunderstorms are a possibility. If you do venture out and recognize
thunderstorms nearby, head to port or safe shelter as quickly as possible.
Ultimately, boating safety begins ashore with planning and training. Keep in mind
that thunderstorms are usually brief so waiting it out is better than riding it
Remember to check out the forecast before venturing out on the water. A new
lakes forecast for Sebago and Winnipesaukee can be found at
This message was brought to you by the National Weather Service...NERACOOS and
the National Safe Boating Council. Visit the National Weather Service on the web at
www.weather.gov...NERACOOS at WWW.NERACOOS.org and the National Safe Boating Council at