Prepare for a summer of safe boating

  • Friday, May 23, 2014

National Safe Boating Week is May 17-24. PROVIDED

The 2014 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign kicks off Saturday, May 17, and runs through May 24 with Coast Guard Auxiliary units around the nation promoting recreational boating safety. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is dedicated to helping boaters understand the need for boating education and vessel safety checks as well as the importance of wearing life jackets (also known as Personal Flotation Devices) while boating.

“National Safe Boating Week gives us an opportunity to reflect on the safe operation of boats on the water. The incidents we study bring home the need for simple safety precautions while underway,” says Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-10, Georgetown, South Carolina, Public Affairs Officer Bill Unger. “We encourage everyone to wear their life jackets and use a ‘kill switch' while boating” Unger says. “Frequently, we see young children in life jackets, but their parents are not wearing them. All of us need to wear a life jacket to protect ourselves and set a good example for others.” Your local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas wish boaters a safe 2014 boating season by following these safety tips:

For information go to www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

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