Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23.
National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign, which promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, “Wear It!”
“Every day, I hear about the grim consequences of not wearing a life jacket while boating,” said Rachel Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council, the lead organization for the Wear It! campaign. “You can still have fun on the water while choosing to always wear a life jacket and boating responsibly.”
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2012, and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
“Accidents on the water happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket,” said John Johnson, chief executive officer of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. “It’s important that everyone consistently wears a life jacket while on the water and always boats responsibly.”
Share your boating story at SafeBoatingCampaign.com, and follow Wear It! at twitter.com/BoatingCampaign and facebook.com/SafeBoatCampaign.
Watch an inflatable life jacket instructional video at http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/instructional.htm.