The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station is accepting “float plans” from boaters in the Marina.

The Sheriff’s Department encourages boaters to file a float plan with a responsible party, such as a family member or friend, prior to departing on an extended voyage.

The U.S. Coast Guard does not accept float plans but commercial service providers offer this service regardless of membership, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Float plans are a “rescue tool” used by authorities in the event of an accident, according to

The Sheriff’s Department says float plans should cover everything rescuers would need to know if a search is started, such as detailed vessel description (preferably with a picture), voyage route with departure and arrival times, contact numbers for everyone, number of persons on board and any pertinent medical information, vehicle descriptions and where the vehicle parked. The Coast Guard Auxiliary’s form covers these areas.

Another option for Marina del Rey boaters is to file their float plans directly with the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s harbor master.

Boaters wishing to file their float plan with the Harbor Master’s Office can do so in a number of ways — fax to (323) 415-4452; e-mail to; or drop off directly at the Marina Sheriff’s Station office, 13851 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

All boaters who file a float plan are asked to call the Sheriff’s office upon arrival at their destination to cancel their float plan at (310) 480-6000.

Float plan forms are available from various sources and any float plan will be accepted. The forms that are available at the Marina Sheriff’s Station are from the Coast Guard Auxiliary and are on their Web site, www.floatplancentral .org/.

Information, Marina del Rey harbor master at (310) 482-3033.