Coast Guard to present a Meritorious Public Service Award to the Alaska Office of Boating Safety

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, 17th District commander, is scheduled to present the Meritorious Public Service Award to the Alaska Office of Boating Safety for outstanding dedication and support to the Coast Guard and the recreational boating public of Alaska at an awards dinner at the Captain Cook Hotel main banquet room Sunday at 6 p.m.

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety works closely with the 17th Coast Guard District consistently advocating partnerships with other agencies, groups and individuals. Most notable was the leading role they took developing the “Kids Don’t Float” program from concept to world-class reality, where now 500 life jacket loaner sites are in place around Alaska. These efforts have dramatically improved boating safety in Alaska as demonstrated by the 17 documented lives saved through the Kids Don’t Float program.

Additional exemplary efforts include the development of a cold water boating video that has become the national standard for cold water immersion and hypothermia education. Boating safety handbooks and regional supplements have also become widely regarded as the primary source of safety information for Alaskan recreational boaters.

The Coast Guard maintains several Public Service Awards to recognize private citizens, groups, or organizations for helping the Coast Guard carry out its missions. The Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award is the second-highest Public Service Award.

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