Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Safe Boating Week starts Saturday

Safe Boating Week starts Saturday

Boating education saves lives - take a class. 3.

National Safe Boating Weeks kicks off Saturday, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to remind boaters to stay safe this summer. "If you don't have them, you're not going to last long".

In 2015, 10,917 participants from 11 countries and several dogs, put on their life jackets to participate in the event.

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Indiana Conservation Officers join boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

Today, Friday, May 19, is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. "I have never in all my years of working recovered a victim who was wearing a life jacket".

Attendees will then assemble, in life jackets, for the official Life Jacket World Record photograph. Each year, on average, 700 people die in boating-related accidents, 8 out of every 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket. Nationally, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known. Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming to promote safe boating practices, including the wear of life jackets for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the 2017 boating season.

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