Coast Guard encourages participation in National Safe Boating Week

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard, along with the National Safe Boating Council, is encouraging boaters to take part in National Safe Boating Week, May 18 – 24, 2013.

The purpose of National Safe Boating Week is to promote safe boating practices for recreational boaters, in an effort to reduce preventable accidents and deaths.

Many people agree riding a bike without a helmet or being in a car without a seatbelt can be risky behavior; however, each year boaters take to the lakes, rivers and seas without wearing the most fundamental element of safe boating – life jackets.

Nationwide, 379 people drowned while not wearing their life jackets during 2012, according to the 2012 Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics Report.

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to take a safer approach during the 2013 boating season by ensuring they have a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket and wear it while on the water.  Other safety measures that can save your life are:

  • Have your vessel inspected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron.
  • File a float plan with someone who knows when you are leaving and when you plan to be back.
  • Make sure you have working sound-producing devices in the event of an emergency in low visibility.
  • Ensure flares are up to date and in good working order.

 
For a comprehensive list of boating safety checklists and instructional information, please visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/default.aspx

For more information on life jacket safety as a part of National Safe Boating Week, take a look at the National Safe Boating Council’s website: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/

To file an electronic float plan: www.floatplancentral.org

For a vessel safety check, visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website at: http://cgaux.org/vsc/

For safety information specific to boating in the Port of NY and NJ visit: http://www.thesafeharbor.us

***Editor’s Note***
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide free vessel examinations and recreational boating safety information Saturday, May 25, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 521 City Island Ave, City Island Marina, and 148 City Island Ave, North Minneford Yacht Club, Bronx, N.Y.

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