The U.S. Coast Guard introduced a new Boating Safety App May 18 that provides the essential services and information most commonly requested by boaters.
The app features include: state boating information, a safety equipment checklist, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, float plans and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.
When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of hazards on the water.
The app also features an Emergency button that will call the closest Coast Guard command center. The app is now available for download.