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Mayor proclaims Safe Boating Week

From Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron

Most recreational boaters, sailors, personal watercraft 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 8 states for boater fatalities with a significant number of boaters drowning each year that 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 U.S. Coast Guard reports, drowning has reported cause of death in three-fourths of boating fatalities. With 83% 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% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction.

On Saturday, the Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron will partner with West Marine at their Washington location to further spotlight the importance of safe boating. Squadron members will provide information concerning safety requirements, North Carolina state boating regulations and boating education. We will have several different types of personal floatation devices on display. For more information on America’s Boating Club and your local Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron, visit our website at www.pamlicosailandpowersquadron.org