Coast Guard and partner agencies provide security for Aguapalooza

BALTIMORE – Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Inigoes and Station Washington D.C., along with various local agencies, will be patrolling during the third annual Aquapalooza event at Fairview Beach Saturday.

The event hosted by Prince William Marine, Sea Ray Boats, and Tims River Shore II will feature a live music and fireworks. A 300 yard safety zone will enforced around the fireworks barge from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters to practice safe boating principles. The Coast Guard urges boaters to obtain a free vessel safety check, which can be conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, before heading out on the water. Vessel safety checks are courtesy examinations of your vessel verifying the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations.

Always wear a life jacket and be alert and aware while on the water. Safe boating saves lives, so remember to “Boat Smart. Boat Safe. WEAR IT!

Boating under the influence, or boating while intoxicated, is just as deadly as drinking and driving. It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. Penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms.

Nationwide, more than 700 people die every year in boating and paddling accidents. Approximately two-thirds drown, and, more than 90% of these were not wearing a life jacket. The most recent data for the mid-Atlantic’s Fifth Coast Guard District, shows 94 people died in boating and paddling accidents this year; many were not wearing a life jacket. Alcohol use is the lead contributing factor in fatal boating accidents accounting for nearly 20 percent of all reported fatalities.

For further boating safety information, check online at one of the following:

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: http://www.cgaux.org/

Vessel Safety Checks: http://www.vesselsafetycheck.org/

Coast Guard Boating Safety page: http://www.uscgboating.org/

National Safe Boating Council: http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/

U.S. Power Squadrons: http://www.usps.org/

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