Officials urge boaters to practice water safety

It has been one year since the deadly boat tragedy in Oyster Bay that killed three children, and officials are reminding Long Islanders to practice

Officials say the most important thing to do is follow the rules of the road.

Officials say the most important thing to do is follow the rules of the road. (7/4/13)

WOODBURY - It has been one year since the deadly boat tragedy in Oyster Bay that killed three children, and officials are reminding Long Islanders to practice boating safety.

Officials say the most important things to learn are the rules of the water, safety requirements and what to do if a boat breaks down.

Boaters must also review the loading maximum capabilities of vessels and make sure there are enough life vests onboard. New York mandates that all vessels have life vests, flares and whistles.

Starting in November, Suffolk residents must complete an eight-hour course and have a safety certificate to operate a boat.

Nassau boaters are not required to get a safety certificate.

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