Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet to host open house and boating safety seminar

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet is hosting an open house, May 19, to celebrate National Safe Boating Week and to kick off the boating season.

To promote the importance of wearing life jackets in reducing fatalities, “Wear It” was selected as the theme of this year’s campaign May 19 – 25.

According to Coast Guard statistics, 84 percent of people who drowned in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.

The National Safe Boating Council states that every year as many as 500 lives nationwide could be saved if boaters wore their life jackets.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Coast Guard facilities at Oregon Inlet, go aboard Coast Guard response boats, and tour a Coast Guard rescue helicopter. Fire trucks and rescue equipment will also be on display, and there will be exhibits promoting boating and water safety. Children can play games and participate in hands-on demonstrations.

In addition, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free boating safety consultations.

Exhibitors at the open house will include Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, Coast Guard Recruiting, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, Colington Volunteer Fire Department, Nags Head Fire Department, Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, Nags Head Police Department, Bodie Island’s National Park Service, and TowBoat U.S.

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