Station Maui to hold National Safe Boating Week event

HONOLULU – In recognition of National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard will help Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares kick off safe boating week activities at Kihei Boat Ramp Sunday on Maui.

May 22-28, 2010, is designated as National Safe Boating Week. Coast Guardsmen, along with members from Maui Fire Department, Ocean Rescue, and Department of Land and Natural Resources, are hosting a free “Safe Boating Fair” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ramp.

A helicopter search and rescue demonstration, provided by Air Station Barbers Point, free courtesy vessel exams by the Coast Guard Auxiliary members, and boating safety information booths will be available to the public.

“The Coast Guard’s unending commitment to educate the public is commendable,” said Tavares. “Our community’s lifestyle is geared towards ocean use and ocean-related recreational activities, and we depend on the Coast Guard to help save the lives of our residents and visitors.”

“Learning about being safe and being reminded of how we can prevent injuries is vitally important. Members of the Coast Guard stationed in our county are part of our community, and we appreciate all they do for us as partners in public safety,” said Tavares.

“Coast Guard Station Maui is excited to work with the mayor and our partner agencies in educating the public concerning boating safety; prevention is the key to saving lives on the water,” said Chief Petty Officer Jay Rudometkin, the officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Maui.

The objectives of National Safe Boating Week are:

  • Provide the public with information, education and opportunities for boating and water safety.
  • Reduce the loss of life, injuries, and property that occur on U.S. waterways.
  • Improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters.

The ultimate goal is to ensure that all mariners have the knowledge and skills to safely enjoy America’s waterways.

In efforts to assist with search and rescue, the Coast Guard is launching Operation Paddle Smart. This campaign, aimed at reaching small craft owners, revolves around a simple, free reflective sticker; the sticker is self-applied to the small craft, is intended to return property, reduce the number of Coast Guard resources spent on unnecessary search and rescue cases, and foster voluntary small craft owner assistance.

To learn more about safe boating, please visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/.

To learn more about Safe Boating Week, please visit: http://safeboating.erh.noaa.gov/

To learn more about Operation Paddle Smart, please visit: http://a013.uscgaux.info/OPPS_09.htm

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