Coast Guard: Small Boats Rocked by Thunderstorms

By Sara McCloskey | smccloskey@nexstar.tv

Published 07/24 2016 08:11PM

Updated 07/24 2016 08:12PM

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Severe storms this weekend also caused some trouble for people out on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard in Burlington, Vt. responded to three rescues Saturday during thunderstorms.

Petty Officer Cody Jannsen says many calls were also dispatched to local police and fire departments.

Folks there tell us a big issue on Lake Champlain is the high number of small boats. The lake can get very rough during thunderstorms, making it difficult for small boats to handle.

If you're stuck out on the water, the Coast Guard says try to find a sheltered area.

"Have everyone on your vessel put on their life jacket, and then the next step would be to try to get your vessel and the people on your vessel to a safe spot, which would be a sheltered bay, or cove or anything like that,"
said Bradford Cole from the US Coast Guard.

Before heading out for a day on the lake, Bradford says boaters should check the forecast for any storm advisories.

Also, if you have a canoe or kayak, label it with your name and number. If it drifts away from shore during a storm, then the Coast Guard can get it back to the rightful owner.

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