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New law requires engine cut-off switches in small boats

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new federal law will require operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet (eight meters) in length to use an engine cut-off switch and associated link, which attaches the vessel operator to a switch that shuts off the engine if the operator is knocked from the helm. The U.S. Coast Guard said that every year, the organization receives reports about recreational vessel operators who fall off of or are suddenly thrown off their boat. Alaska’s News Source reports that according to data in a 2019 Coast Guard report 11 people were killed in eight deadly crashes in Alaska.

 


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