Coast Guard to host boating safety fair in Tawas, Michigan

CLEVELAND – Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Station Tawas, Mich., are scheduled to host a Boating Safety Fair at Harbor Park in East Tawas, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on July 17, 2010.

“This is a great opportunity for us to interact with the public and teach them about boating safety and what the Coast Guard does,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Swain, operations petty officer at Station Tawas. “They’ll get to learn some things that may save their lives someday, and they’ll get to have some fun too.”

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB), and ice skiff will be on display.

Interactive demonstrations will include damage control, knot tying, a ‘Fatal Vision’ driving course, proper use of personal flotation devices, and an obstacle course, which will allow kids to act as boat crewmembers during simulated rescues.

Crewmembers from Station Tawas will also perform flare demonstrations and show attendees how to create flotation from clothing.

Iosco County Marine Division is scheduled to attend to inform the public about local boating laws.

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