National Safe-Boating Week 2012 Under Way

Gail R. Kulp, Executive Director of Sea Tow Services International, demonstrates the inflation of a flotation device during “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day,” an event held at Sea Tow International headquarters. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie.

May 19 to the 25 has been deemed “National Safe Boating Week” by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Safe Boating Council. Sea Tow helped kick off the week by holding a “Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day” in Southold, New York, where Sea Tow headquarters is located. The goal was to encourage safe and responsible boating, which includes always wearing a lifejacket and being alert on the water.

Kent Klayton, of Southold, N.Y., adjusts the lifejacket of his son Michael, 2, during "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day". Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie.

The purpose of National Safe Boating Week is to promote safe boating practices for recreational boaters, in an effort to reduce preventable accidents and deaths.

Nationwide, 415 people drowned while not wearing their life jackets during 2011, according to the 2011 Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics Report.

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to take a safer approach during the 2012 boating season by ensuring they have a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket and wear it while on the water.

Other safety measures that can save your life are:

  • Have your vessel inspected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron.
  • File a float plan with someone who knows when you are leaving and when you plan to be back.
  • Make sure you have working sound-producing devices in the event of an emergency in low visibility.
  • Ensure flares are up to date and in good working order

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