Coast Guard presents boating safety award to Deadliest Catch Captain

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety is presenting the Pillar of Support Award to Keith Colburn, captain of the fishing vessel Wizard from the Deadliest Catch television series, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., at the opening event of the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Daytona Beach for his outstanding contributions to the National Recreational Boating Safety program.

As the national spokesperson for the Coast Guard’s “Boat Responsibly” safety initiative, Colburn has devoted much of his shore time during the past year at boat shows, water sporting events and has appeared in four television and radio Coast Guard public service announcements advocating safe boating.

“Captain Colburn is a well-known and respected seaman who recognizes the importance of responsible boating safety procedures,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, the Coast Guard’s director of prevention policy. “We have been extremely pleased to have Keith support this important safety initiative.”

While in Daytona Beach, Colburn will be doing a life jacket demonstration with Daytona Beach Sea Cadets at the Daytona Lagoon Water Park, Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Coast Guard, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and National Safe Boating Council will be available to speak with the press.

The Coast Guard Boating Safety Division is asking all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, and property damage by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers. The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to “Boat Responsibly!” For more information and tips on boating safety, go to

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