Celebrate boating safety week with free vessel checks

Published 10:36 pm Friday, May 18, 2018

From Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron


Most recreational boaters, sailors, personal water craft and fishermen are by now either on the water or making preparations to enjoy the enormous river/bay resources we are blessed to have in the Washington area. This year the theme of the National Safe Boating campaign is “Ready, Set, Wear It!”

North Carolina ranks in the top eight states for boater fatalities with a significant number of boaters drowning each year who would be alive today had they worn their life jackets; boater education has shown to make a significant difference in boating accidents and related injuries.

Current published United States Coast Guard reports say drowning is the reported cause of death in three-fourths of boating fatalities, with 83 percent of those drowned not wearing life jackets. It is clear that hundreds of those might have been saved had they worn a life jacket. Also, it is further reported that 77 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction.

Today, the Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron will be at the Washington Farmers Market and at the Washington waterfront free docks. Squadron members will provide information concerning safety requirements, North Carolina state boating regulations and boating education, and we will have several different types of personal floatation devices on display. In addition, our vessel safety inspectors will be available for VSC inspections at the waterfront docks. For more information on America’s Boating Club and your local Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron visit our website at www.pamlicosailandpowersquadron.org.