Wanted to hear your opinion about this women’s circumstance. This was posted on a Facebook group I belong to:
“We have been staying at a mooring field in Florida and had an anonymous fellow boater call Child Protective Services because our kids were on deck without life jackets. That’s perfectly legal, but social services said they have to investigate no matter what. They showed up with police and insisted on interviewing my two daughters very intrusively. They had originally asked to schedule an appointment to inspect the boat, but after speaking to several lawyers we were advised not to show them without a warrant. It is our understanding that it is CPS’s practice to take children and figure out if it’s justified later. Has anyone had this experience? What was the overall process like? Did you have to put a lawyer on retainer?”
I told her not to worry about a lawyer and give child services the cfr reference on life jacket requirements. Although I did not look up the cfr, I do not believe child pfd’s are required to be worn if the boat is over 26ft and especially if it isn’t underway. I don’t see any reason for child services to board a vessel concerning pfd requirements. CPS should contact the USCG in this matter. What do you think?