Honolulu mayor signs National Safe Boating Week proclamation

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU – Representatives from Honolulu City and County, the 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron and Hawaii Ocean Safety participated in the signing of a proclamation for National Safe Boating Week at Honolulu City Hall, Friday.

“We appreciate the mayor’s proclamation of May 18-24, 2013 as National Safe Boating Week,” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray, the 14th Coast Guard District commander. “Preparation helps save lives. Monday’s rescue of six mariners off Maui proved that preparation is essential in the event of a maritime emergency. The captain of the excursion vessel Piper radioed the Coast Guard for help, ordered the passengers to don life jackets and enter a life raft, contributing to the survival of all six people.”

National Safe Boating Week is an annual initiative sponsored by the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. The purpose is to raise awareness of, and encourage, safe boating practices. Other National Safe Boating Week topics include the importance of life jackets, purchasing, maintaining and registering an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, carrying safety and communication equipment aboard a vessel and the use of float plans and Paddle Smart stickers. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18-24.

National Safe Boating Week 2013 proclamation signing

A group photo at National Safe Boating Week 2013 proclamation signing in Honolulu city hall

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