Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week at Annapolis City Dock

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons are scheduled to sponsor a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday.

Beginning at 8 a.m., boaters can receive a free vessel safety examination from auxiliarists who check for compliance with all federal and state regulations. Vessel exams will be available at the following locations: Sarles Boatyard and Marina, Bert Jabin Yacht Yard, Eastport Yacht Center, Mears Marina, Butler Marina, Turner Marina, Horn Point Harbor Marina, Annapolis Landing Marina and Port Annapolis Marina.

Additionally, examiners will suggest ways to bring a boat into compliance, but do not report any violations found during the check. The examiners can provide safe boating advice and literature. Boats can be inspected on trailers and in the water. Boater’s can also schedule vessel examinations and boater safety classes for future times at their dock.

In addition to safety inspections, the event will also feature:

* Guest speakers Coast Guard Cmdr. Brian Roche, the deputy commander of Sector Baltimore, Col. George Johnson, IV, the superintendent of Maryland Natural Resources Police, Bernard Karpers, Jr., the 5th District commander for U.S. Power Squadrons and John Sill, the captain of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Sector Baltimore will speak about boating safety beginning at 3 p.m.

* The Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, an 87-foot patrol boat, will be at the Annapolis City Dock and offer free tours from 1 p.m., until 3 p.m.

* A performance by the Coast Guard’s silent drill team at 1 p.m.

* A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium search and rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Annapolis

* A flare demonstration and inflatable life jacket demonstration beginning at 2 p.m.

* The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a life jacket display and safe boating classes will be available or can be scheduled.

Most activities will end at 4 p.m. This event is free to the public.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteers who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

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