Station Milwaukee to hold open house

MILWAUKEE – U.S.Coast Guard Station Milwaukee invites the public to help celebrate National Safe Boating Week, May 24, 2010, with their First Annual Open House at 2420 South Lincoln Memorial Drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In 2008, nine out of 10 people who drowned as a result of a boating accident were not wearing a life jacket. In effort to prevent unnecessary tragedy, a campaign entitled “Wear It!” which emphasizes the proper wearing of life jackets will be kicked off at the open house.

In addition to providing an inside look into daily Coast Guard operations, several local agencies including Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 43, Milwaukee Police Department Harbor Patrol, Milwaukee Fire Department Boat Phoenix, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be presenting information to the public.

The open house will include educational events to encourage boating safety such as, station and boat tours, video demonstrations, free life jacket and safety equipment inspections and meeting “Coastie” the boating safety mascot. Boating safety pamphlets and brochures will be available for all. Coast Guard personnel will also assist in demonstrating how to properly use equipment. Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel will be on hand to schedule courtesy vessel examinations.

The goal of this year’s Safe Boating Week is to heighten awareness among recreational boaters to the importance of ALWAYS wearing a life jacket. Many modern life jackets offer inflatable versions with a complete range of movement and jackets customized for hunting, angling, and paddling, or high impact water-sports, such as water-skiing, wakeboarding, and riding jet skis. With so many options, wearing one is easy.

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