National Safe Boating Week 2017 stresses life jackets

National Safe Boating Week 2017 stresses life jackets

National Safe Boating Week 2017 stresses life jackets

According to Virgil Chambers, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council, "Thousands of people would be alive today had they taken the simple precaution of wearing a life jacket when they went out on the water".

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in approximately 68 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2015, and that approximately 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. Participants will again be part of the attempt to break a world record for the most life jackets worn at one time.

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.

"Don't just have your life jacket close by when you are boating, wear it", said Mike Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft. Make sure navigation lights work properly. Always inform family or friends about the details of your trip.

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Stay alert while boating as well.

- Carry a marine radio or cell phone.

Boat Ed, the vendor who provides the online version of Arkansas's Boating Education Course, will be offering a special discount to anyone who completes the program from May 20-26 to help promote National Safe Boating Week.

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