Coast Guard inspecting vessels for Boat Safety Week

Coast Guard inspecting vessels for Boat Safety Week
Ed Heikes talks to a boater about safety

COOS BAY, Ore. - Coast Guard officials are inspecting vessels for Boat Safety Week.

"We'll have a lot of people coming in wanting to go out and fish," said Ed Heikes with the Coast Guard. "Sometimes they're not aware of some of the equipment they have may have expired. We make them aware of it. We also check for operational issues of their vessel like the navigation lights because making them aware of what they need is very important. That's the essence of our being here is to make them aware of what they need to remain safe."

Heikes said the inspections are optional.