Coast Guard Station Brunswick promotes National Boat Safety Week

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Coast Guard Station Brunswick will be hosting a media availability Thursday at 2 p.m. at Station Brunswick pier, to help promote National Boat Safety Week.

Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and members of the Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to give the public and media a demonstration of safety gear and equipment. A free boat inspection will be performed Coast Guard Auxiliary and DNR.

Other boat safety demonstrations and safety inspections will also be held at the following locations:

– Saturday / McKay River Boat Ramp and Golden Isles Marina, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

– Sunday / Jekyll Harbor Marina and Jekyll Boat Ramp, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

– May 22 / Blythe Island Marina, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

National Safe Boating Week begins May 16 and ends May 22. The Coast Guard and local officials are teaming up to inform the public of the deadly risks involved with unsafe boating practices, and the importance of wearing a life jacket when participating in any water activity.

Approximately 700 people in the U.S. die every year in boating related accidents. A majority of the accidents are caused by poor judgment and human error, not equipment failure or weather conditions. Wearing a life jacket greatly increases your chance of survival in case of emergency.

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