If You Can be Heard, You Can be Rescued
Sound is the #1 factor in deterring crime and finding lost victims. When you are injured, cold, lost and tired, shouting can leave you hoarse and exhausted in a matter of minutes.
However, if you can breathe, you can easily blow a whistle and be found by Rescue Personnel. A sounding devise is one of the requirements in order to be awarded a Coast Guard Vessel Safety Check Decal. Besides whistles, there are other types of Sounding Devices: i.e. Air Horns and Bells. But a whistle is the least expense type of sounding devise. And is the easiest devise to carry on your person or tied to your Life Jacket.
In cooperation with the National Safe Boating Council and other agencies, some Coast Guard Auxiliary units give away Whistles at public events like; boat shows, safe boating events, state fairs, etc.
Before you leave the dock, be sure you have all the proper & required equipment on board your vessel.
And don't forget to wear a life jacket and carry a sounding devise! These items might just save your life.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America?s Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service?s missions.