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Vermont officials remind boaters to stay safe

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont officials are reminding boaters and anglers to stay safe on the water and wear flotation vests.

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says that a New York law that applies to Lake Champlain requires people aboard motorboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats less than 21 feet in length to wear a personal flotation device from November 1 to May 1.

Children under the age of 12 must wear flotation vests at all time while boating on Vermont waters.

Officials say even for experienced swimmers, sudden immersion in water can be life threatening. Officials say cold water is the most dangerous but that regardless of the season, the best way boaters can protect themselves is with a life jacket.

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