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National Safe Boating Week

“Lives can be saved by improving the knowledge and skills of recreational boaters,” said Virgil Chambers safe boating campaign copythe executive director of National Safe Boating Council (NBSC) in a joint statement with NOAA.  “Boaters can have fun and stay safe by wearing a life jacket, having the proper equipment onboard, knowing what the weather conditions will be, and abstaining from alcohol while boating.”

NOAA noted that in 2011 the U.S. Coast Guard reported more than 4,000 boating accidents including 758 deaths. Seventy percent of the deaths were due to drowning and in that statistic eighty-four percent were not wearing a life jacket.

This year NOAA and NSBC officially kicked off National Safe Boating Week yesterday with a information about water hypothermia which can be fatal even when wearing a life jacket. This year the agencies have asked Nick Schuyler, a former football player from the University of Florida, to help promote safety and preparation.

In February of 2009 Schuyler along with three other football players: William Bleakley, Marquis Cooper, and Corey Smith were on a fishing trip in Florida’s Gulf when their boat capsized. Schuyler was the only survivor pulled from the boat after about two days afloat. He suffered from hypothermia, had kidney and liver damage, and severe cuts.

Since the accident he has written a book and started the Nick Schuyler Foundation to encourage safety and honor the memory of his friends. Schuyler stresses that preparation is extremely important to prevent accidents.

NOAA and NBSC have written these guidelines to help recreational boaters stay safe while enjoying our waterways:

boats claritaKnow your risk: Have an understanding of the body of water you want to boat in. Learn the rules of boating before taking the helm by taking a safe boating course. Check the marine weather forecast before going out on the water. The weather can change quickly, so plan for all types of weather hazards.

Be prepared: Make sure your vessel has the required equipment such as life jackets, a first aid kit, and distress signals. Develop an emergency plan with more than one way to get your boat out of trouble. Create a float plan and tell a friend of your whereabouts and when you plan to return. Obtain and pay attention to NOAA Weather Radio and understand marine watches, warnings and advisories.

Be an example: Share with your friends, family, co-workers, and your social media network safe boating tips, such as the importance of wearing a life jacket and taking a safe boating course. The information you share might just save their lives, too.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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