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Focus on Boating Safety from USCGA

     ]     14  Tips and tactics:

     JULY 2021     [     MID-AMERICA BOATING
      a life jacket

      is critical

      By David G. Epstein,
      Branch Chief,
      U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

        Last year at this time, we wrote
      about the importance of wearing
      your life jacket. It’s important to
      remind everyone again, especially in
      light of recent safety statistics
      released by the United States
      Guard. Boating deaths  “exceeded
      2019 by 24%, and the deaths in
      June, July, and August in 2020 were
      the highest in 23 years.”
        “79% of boating fatalities were drownings,
      and 86% of those were victims were not wear-
      ing life jackets. Please encourage and incen-
      tivize life jacket wear. Just like auto seatbelt  The Coast Guard highlights the five most  • Abstain from ingesting alcohol while underway,*
      wear, you never know when you will need it,  important things boaters must do:  • Get a free vessel safety check from the USCG Auxiliary at
      but when you do, it's critical. Most states  • Wear a life jacket,          (Credit: USCG)
      require life jacket wear by children. For  • Educate yourself through knowledge and  *Alcohol consumption remains the single-greatest contributing factor in recreational boat-
      adults, an inflatable life jacket is not cumber-  skills-based training,    ing fatalities. Last year, 23 percent of deaths involved alcohol. Please encourage sober boating
      some and easy to don.” (Credit: USCG)  • Wear your engine cut off switch link,  on our Nation's waters. (Credit: USCG)

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