Coast Guard kicks off Safe Boating Week

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

Ohio will kick off National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, by holding nine "Ready, Set, Wear It!" life jacket safety awareness events across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Each year, on average, 700 people die in boating-related accidents, 8 out of every 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket.

North Country participants will gather, in life jackets, outside the Dobisky Center at the Ogdensburg Municipal Marina at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, for a reading of Ogdensburg's National Safe Boating Week Proclamation by Mayor Wayne Ashley.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe boating practices and wearing life jackets while on the water.

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 19.

- File a float plan. "If you don't have them, you're not going to last long".

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- Stay alert. Watch for other boats, swimmers, skiers and objects in the water. Give them phone numbers for the local emergency dispatch center and U.S. Coast Guard in case you don't return on time.

- Carry a marine radio or cell phone. Make sure your phone is fully charged but be aware that there often are coverage gaps on the water.

Life jackets can be the determining factor between life and death in many boating safety accidents.

"The life jackets of today are simply more comfortable and will help to save your life", said Josh Hoffman, AZGFD Boating Safety Education coordinator.

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