FIRE ISLAND - Following a string of boating accidents on Long Island, U.S. Coast Guard officials invited News 12 Long Island to join them today on the water to see first-hand what they're doing to keep people safe. Coast Guard officers conducted random safety checks off Fire Island, making sure boaters are in compliance with all federal laws and regulations. They also checked for life jackets and fire extinguishers on board the vessels. During the random checks, the officers stressed the importance of not drinking while operating a boat. "We're not there to ruin people's day," says Richard Gatje, of the U.S. Coast Guard. "We're here to help people out in the long run."Along with education on boating safety, the Coast Guard's main duties are law enforcement, and search and rescue.

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Education