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‘Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is May 16 for Safe Boating Week

(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is inviting Alaskans to celebrate Safe Boating Week by participating in “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” on Friday, May 16. 

Boating Safety Week, which runs May 16-23, focuses on the importance of safety during the boating season. The goal of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” is to increase awareness of the versatility and comfort of modern life jacket designs.

“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” participants are invited to post pictures on the Alaska Boating Safety Program Facebook page.  Anchorage participants are invited to wear their life jackets to Town Square, from 12 to 1 p.m., for a group photo and other activities.

While boating is an important part of the Alaska lifestyle, every year, some lose their lives in boating accidents. Five out of six Alaska boating fatalities are a cold water immersion related drowning, following a vessel capsizing, swamping or falling overboard.

“Most victims are adult males.  Many could have survived if they had simply been wearing a life jacket.  Even on calm, sunny, clear blue sky days, Alaskan boaters of all experience levels should commit to always wearing a life jacket when in an open boat or on deck,” said Jeff Johnson, State Boating Law Administrator.

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety, located within the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, works to reduce Alaska’s boating fatalities and promote safe, enjoyable boating, with an emphasis on education. Resources for boaters can be found at www.alaskaboatingsafety.org.

 

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