Coast Guard to promote boating safety in Redondo Beach

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. The Coast Guard will join the boating public for a day of fun with an emphasis on boating safety at this year’s Coast Guard to promote a day of boating safety in Redondo Beach on Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the King Harbor Yacht Club.

For this year’s Sea Fair there will be a planned search and rescue demonstration featuring a MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles. The demonstration is planned to take place at 2:30 in the main channel of King Harbor.

There will also be boating safety exhibits, life jacket and safety item giveaways as well as free refreshments courtesy of King Harbor Yacht Club. Tours aboard a Coast Guard 25-foot Defender class response boat and “Baywatch” rescue boats used by the Los Angeles County Lifeguards and the Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol are also being offered.

In addition to Sea Fair, the annual “King Harbor Flare Day” will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Flare Day provides an opportunity for members of the public to get hands on training with aerial and hand-held distress signal flares. Many boaters have never fired an aerial distress flare, since it is illegal to do so except in times of emergency or training scenarios. Flare Day provides an unique opportunity for boaters to get the flare training that could save a life in the event of an emergency. It also provides an opportunity to dispose of expired flares. The event is offered by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Redondo Beach harbor Patrol. For a complete list of California Counties accepting flares, you can visit the California Coastal Commission website or go directly to the flare disposal list.

Sea Fair will take place at the King Harbor Yacht Club, located at 280 Yacht Club Way in Redondo Beach. Flare Day will take place at Moonstone Park, 280 Marina Way in Redondo Beach.

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