HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Boat traffic on our area waterways is expected to pick-up soon since Memorial Day is just around the corner. The Coast Guard introduces a new tool to help keep you safe.
It features safety tips, an equipment checklist, float plans and ways to report pollution and suspicious activity.
"I think it's a really good idea especially for the kids nowadays," said boater Vincent Richard. "We use cell phones for everything. Just to have a checklist and know everything that needs to be in your boat."
Coast Guard officials say The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a the marine VHF radio. The app features state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.
The app also has an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center.
Coast Guard launches its first-ever boating safety app
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