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National Safe Boating Week 2010 – Preparation can mean the difference between life, death on the water

JUNEAU, Alaska - In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2010, the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary wants boaters to remember to be fully prepared and think about their safety before spending time on Alaskan waters.

The National Boating Safety Week campaign, which this year runs from Saturday through May 28, is designed to help reduce boating fatalities and accidents by generating an awareness of operator and passenger behavior on the water and to encourage boaters to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers by following four key tenets of safe boating:

  • Always wear your life jacket.
  • Never boat under the influence.
  • Take a boating safety course.
  • Get a free Vessel Safety Check.
Throughout Alaska, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting vessel safety examinations.  Auxiliary personnel will check your vessel confirming it meets both federal and state safety requirements.  These checks give you a risk-free way to check that you meet the legal safety requirements and help to potentially avoid a citation later.

Other items of awareness that will help save lives on the water are communication devices like VHF radios, cell phones, satellite phones, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and Personal Locator Beacons.  Flares, Coast Guard approved life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound producing devices and filing float plans will also all contribute to safety of life on Alaskan waters.

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to enjoy your time on the water, but boat responsibly and be prepared for the conditions.   Remember...even the most experienced boaters fall victim to boating accidents!

For more information, please visit these websites:

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