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The Coast Guard and Boating Safety Requirements
Boating while intoxicated person is arrested by the Coast Guard
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Boating safety requirements are enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard and your local and state agencies. The Coast Guard is the federal regulating authority and has jurisdiction - or law enforcement rights - over recreational boating in U.S. waters. To learn about federal boating safety requirements and the authority of the Coast Guard to board your vessel, issue citations, terminate your voyage, and charge you with negligence, gross negligence or boating while intoxicated, follow the links below.

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