The U.S.Coast Guard was responsible for saving or assisting 17 people this weekend as they responded to multiple search and rescue cases.
There were a total of 10 search rescue cases logged ranging from Galveston to Sabine Pass.
"I strongly urge all mariners to check the weather regularly before departing the dock and while enjoying themselves on the water. Severe weather can arise quickly and take even the most prepared mariners off guard," said Lt. Matthew J. Walter, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston.
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters and mariners to do the following before heading out on the water:
-- Wear a life jacket at all times;
-- File a float plan;
-- Check the weather prior to departing the dock;
-- Have a marine band radio and visual distress signals on board;
-- Have a registered 406MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon;
-- Have a Personal Locator Beacon; and
-- Do not boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.