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National Safe Boating Week
This year during National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, 2007, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary would like to remind America’s boaters that if all boaters would wear a life jacket, over 80 percent of boating fatality victims would instead be alive to boat another day.
Boating accidents can and do happen with terrifying speed on the water. There is rarely time to reach for life jackets that are stowed below deck or in locked compartments.
Coast Guard approved life jackets are available in a variety of styles that are not only comfortable, but fashionable. Many are thin and flexible. Some are built right into fishing vests or hunter coats. Others are inflatable — as compact as a scarf or fanny pack until they hit water, when they automatically fill with air.
It is important, especially when children are boating, for each boater to wear a correctly-fitting personal flotation device. Adult-sized life jackets will not work for children. Special life jackets are available. To work correctly, a life jacket must be worn, fit snugly, and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through.
The Auxiliary reminds all recreational skippers that as a boat operator, you're in command of the safety of your passengers. Make sure all aboard are wearing a proper life jacket before you shove off.
There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water! Nor is there any excuse not to know the federal and state requirements for operating a vessel and making sure that your boat or personal watercraft complies. Have a Vessel Safety Check performed to ensure that you have all of the necessary safety equipment on board your vessel.
Flotilla 30-1 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting free Vessel Safety Checks near the Little Platte boat ramp at Smithville Lake on Saturday, May 12, 2007, from 11 am to 3 pm. If you are unable to have your boat or personal watercraft inspected on that day, vessel safety checks will again be offered at the same location on June 9, July 14, August 11 and September 8, 2007.
For further information about vessel safety checks and the other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, call (816) 682-6552 or visit us online at www.cgaux.net. For further information about the 2007 National Safe Boating Campaign, go to www.safeboatingcampaign.net/.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation's waterways, in classrooms and on the dock, performing safety patrols, vessel safety examinations and public education. The 27,000+ members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.
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