Coast Guard Auxiliary unit to celebrate National Safe Boating Week at Foster Reservoir

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard and a local Coast Guard Auxiliary unit will celebrate National Safe Boating week during a day long celebration Saturday at Foster Reservoir near Eugene, Ore.

Representatives from the Auxiliary will be stationed at Sunnyside Park conducting free vessel safety checks and passing out safe boating literature.

A highlight of the event will be a search-and-rescue demonstration conducted by a Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew, scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. In addition, members will be on hand at the Point viewing area to answer questions during the demonstration.

Lifejacket safety is the theme as the 2009 boating season kicks off. While boating is a safe and fun recreational activity enjoyed by thousands every year, in 2009 there may still be more than 600 boating fatalities from boating accidents. With this statistic in mind, the 2009 North American Boating Campaign is again encouraging boaters to “Wear It!” during National Safe Boating Week.

The North American Safe Boating Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the many members of the National Safe Boating Council. The campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the Coast Guard.

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