Coast Guard, partner agencies attempt to break lifejacket record to kick off National Safe Boating Week

SEATTLE - Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Newberg, an aviation survival technician stationed in Port Angeles, Wash., is hoisted out of the water during a search-and-rescue demonstration on the Seattle waterfront, Aug. 1, 2012. The SAR demo was performed during Seattle's Seafair Fleet Week Parade of Ships. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Newberg is hoisted out of the water during a search-and-rescue demonstration on the Seattle waterfront. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.

SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard will partner with personnel from Washington State Parks and Washington State Ferries, inviting the Seattle public to help break the National Safe Boating Council’s record for the most people wearing lifejackets simultaneously on May 20, 2017, while aboard the state’s new ferry.

Part of the Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day, this event serves as a kickoff to National Safe Boating Week and aims to improve boater behavior through education, awareness and training to make recreational boating a safe and enjoyable experience by reducing boating accidents and fatalities in the Pacific Northwest.

The state of Washington ranks fourth in the nation for recreational boating fatalities involving small boats. The lead cause of death is drowning, which can easily be prevented by wearing a properly fitted and Coast Guard approved lifejacket.

The new ferry, the Chimacum, will be moored at Colman Dock, Pier 52, and the crew will have 1,500 lifejackets ready to distribute. The event is first-come, first-serve until lifejackets run out, so participants are encouraged to arrive prior to 10 a.m. to sign in.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles and Coast Guard Station Seattle will perform a search and rescue demonstration at 10:30 a.m. prior to the lifejacket record group photo, which will be taken at approximately 11:15 a.m.

For more information about the North American Safe Boating Campaign, visit: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/

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