Sports and Outdoors

Monday, May 17, 2010

National Safe Boating Week, May 22-28, focuses on life jacket use

Indiana DNR Release:

Excuses for not wearing a life jacket when boating abound.

“It’s too hot! It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going
to happen to me.”

That fact is, approximately 700 people, the vast majority of who probably used one of these excuses, drown each year, nationwide, from recreational boating accidents. Don’t be one of them.

During North American Safe Boating Week (May 22–28) and throughout the boating season, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) remind boaters to WEAR IT! and be alert and aware while on the water.

As a precursor to North American Safe Boating Week, many organizations across North America will attempt to set a new world record by simultaneously inflating life jackets. The Indiana event, sponsored by DNR Indiana Conservation Officers, will take place on May 20, near the Indiana State Capital in Indianapolis at 11 a.m.

“Boating season is quickly approaching, and now is the time to inspect all safety equipment including life jackets”, says Indiana Conservation Officer Lt. Mark Farmer. “Take a look at your life jackets to ensure that they are in good condition, and wear them while boating on Indiana waterways this summer”.

Those who wish to participate in the “Ready Set Inflate” world record attempt by inflating their inflatable life jacket may register by visiting and clicking on “join an event.”

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