Coast Guard Promotes Free App for Safe Boating Week

New safety alert regarding shared waterways also released as Safe Boating Week approaches.

Safe Boating Week is May 20-26 this year, and with the U.S. Coast Guard's free mobile app, you can schedule your vessel safety check.Jim Hendricks / Sport Fishing

May 20-26 is 2017 Safe Boating Week and the United States Coast Guard urged all recreational boaters to make the most use of its free Boating Safety mobile app (iTunes, Google Play).

The app allows users to: find the latest safety regulations; request a vessel safety check; request emergency assistance; file a float plan; reference navigation rules; and more.

The Coast Guard also released a new safety alert regarding shared waterways, when recreational boats are using the same waters as larger commercial vessels. You can see the safety alert here.