Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week 2018

Lt. Governor Tenorio, Guam, signed a proclamation to mark the start of National Safe Boating Week 2018 with Capt. Matt Chase, commander, Coast Guard Sector Guam, Senior Chief Richard Marston, officer-in-charge, Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor, and with members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Guam Police Department at their side in Guam, May 18, 2018. The Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70 percent of all boating accidents and that life jackets could prevent more than 80 percent of boating fatalities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)

Guam Lt. Governor Tenorio signs a proclamation to mark the start of National Safe Boating Week 2018 with Capt. Matt Chase, commander, Coast Guard Sector Guam, Senior Chief Richard Marston, officer-in-charge, Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor, and with members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Guam Police Department at their side in Guam, May 18, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

HONOLULU — The annual National Safe Boating Week safety campaign kicks off nationwide, Saturday.

Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas will host events to highlight the importance of boating safety throughout the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend.

“The campaign is now in its 60th year of promoting the importance of safe boating,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Paul DelGaudio, director of auxiliary and recreational boating safety for the Coast Guard 14th District. “Wearing a life jacket significantly increases your chances of survival during an emergency situation. Coast Guard Auxiliary crewmembers throughout the district will be holding various events throughout the week including vessel safety checks, life jacket fittings, and public information booths.”

Saturday is also the Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day, when thousands of people from around the world will attempt to set the world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated on one day in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a life jacket.

In 2016, drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities, and 83 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. Coast Guard statistics for 2017 have not been released yet.

Which Coast Guard-approved life jacket do you need? Take the interactive safe boating campaign quiz to find out.

The following is a list of scheduled events and open houses coinciding with National Safe Boating
Week:

Location Event  Date/Time
Honolulu – West Marine Vessel safety checks Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Honolulu – Kaneohe Bay Yacht Club Public information booth Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hilo, Hawai’i – Walmart Public information booth Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lahaina, Maui – Mala Wharf Vessel safety Checks Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guam – Agana Shopping Center Public information booth Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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