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Jefferson Co. offers boat inspections, boaters ed

MADRAS, Ore. - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol will conduct its annual boat safety examination day Saturday April 19 from 10A-4P in both Madras and Crooked River Ranch.

The event is one week before the opening weekend of fishing season. Successful completion of the exam which focuses on the mandatory equipment needed for particular boats, earns boaters the annual safety sticker that goes on the back of the vessel. Participation greatly reduces the chances of being contacted on the water by marine patrol personnel.

No punitive action takes place. If, for example, a fire extinguisher is founded discharged, participants can get a new one and then earn a safety decal.

The parking lot checks will take place at the Madras Bi-Mart and the Crooked River Ranch Fire Department.

Upcoming classes for Proctored Boater Education are set for May 7th 6P-8P at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and on May 8th from 6P-8P at the Crooked River Ranch Fire Department. No cost or reservation required.

For questions please contact Captain Marc Heckathorn 541-475-6520

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