Boating safety open house at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas this Saturday

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and other maritime partnering agencies will be providing a National Safe Boating Week Open House at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas Saturday.

National Safe Boating Week reminds boaters to “Wear It!” this summer. A life jacket is one of the most effective and proven life-saving strategies for safe recreational boating. During all recreational water activities it’s important to remember safety precautions. With approximately 500 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to spread the message of responsible boating and a simple life-saving strategy – “Wear It!” – wear a life jacket at all times on the water.

The open house will consist of various official rescue boats on display including an 87-foot Coast Guard cutter for public viewing, interactive booths to teach boater safety, and a maritime pyrotechnic demonstration of handheld flares for boater awareness and education.

There also will be food, beverages, and live music!

“Coastie Joe” will be on hand to entertain the children. “Coastie Joe” is a ten-foot inflatable Coast Guardsman that will walk around and interact with children to teach rules about water safety.

“Each year hundreds of lives are lost and thousands are injured because of preventable accidents on our waterways. Safe Boating practices are essential to ensure a safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating experience,” said Chief Petty Officer Mitchell Sutherland, the executive petty officer for Station Port Aransas. “Our open house is designed to minimize boating fatalities and injuries while providing some education and interaction within the maritime community to promote safe boating and prevent accidents before they happen.”

Station Port Aransas was originally opened on June 18, 1878 as a life saving station in Port Aransas by an act of Congress. In January of 1915, the modern day Coast Guard was formed, and the life saving station on Mustang Island became Coast Guard Station Port Aransas. This station remained occupied by the crew until 1976, when it was replaced by the current Coast Guard station you see today.

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