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NM revising equipment required for rafts, kayaks

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state agency proposes to change the boating equipment required for canoes, kayaks, rafts and paddleboards in New Mexico.

The State Parks Division proposes regulation changes to drop a requirement that those boaters have a bailing bucket, bilge pump and a length of rope.

Regulations will continue to require people using canoes, kayaks and rafts to wear life jackets but the boats won't need to carry a Coast Guard approved flotation device that could be thrown to someone in the water.

Life jackets will be required for someone on a paddleboard, which are becoming increasingly popular. They're similar to a surf board but powered by people with paddles.

Another change will require a whistle or other sound producing device on canoes, kayaks and other paddle craft.