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20 May 2017, 03:29 | Darnell Patrick
Indian River County safe boating tips for Sebastian and Vero Beach
National Safe Boating Week runs May 20-26, and the TWRA will be participating to promote the wearing of life jackets as the summer boating season begins.
"Don't just have your life jacket close by when you are boating, wear it", said Mike Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft.
Safe boating week is May 20th to the 26th. According to the DNR, about 85 percent of boating accident drownings are the result of people not wearing life jackets.
About 85 percent of drownings resulting from boating accidents in the USA are due to people not wearing life jackets.
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The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe boating practices and wearing life jackets while on the water. In addition to legally required equipment, such as life jackets and fire extinguishers, always carry a first-aid kit, nautical charts and an anchor.
Stay alert while boating as well. Be sure to check that navigation lights work. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the boating safety component of Team Coast Guard, urges people to have one on at all times.
For more information on safe boating, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council website at here.
"The life jackets of today are simply more comfortable and will help to save your life", said Josh Hoffman, AZGFD Boating Safety Education coordinator.
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