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Safety officials offer tips on how to stay on the water this holiday

STATE WIDE (WGME) -- The holiday weekend is expected to be a big one for boaters who will be packing the waters off Casco bay and all along the Maine coastline.

WGME 13 has tips on how to stay safe while out on the water.

Portland Deputy Harbor Master, Kevin Battle, is stressing safety as we head into the Fourth of July weekend.

A lot of boats will be out on the water.

Due to the possibility of thunderstorms and a tropical storm to the south of us, they say safety is the number one key this weekend.

Its a busy time of year and safety officials want to remind people how to have fun the safe way.

As always they say have a life jacket for everyone on board, along with plenty of fuel and water.   

Its also recommended to have a plan and prepare for any type of emergency.

Battle says with hurricane Arthur moving up the east, it won't likely impact us directly here in northern New England.

However he does say it could come close enough to cause high swells and rough seas just off shore and the forecast for thunderstorms could make boating a challenge.

Battle also says its a good idea to keep an eye to the sky.

If the weather looks like its going to get bad, don't go out on the water.