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Washington, D.C. Mayor Declares Safe Boating Week

posted May 11, 2014, 11:05 AM by Dan Paisley   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:05 PM by Nico Lacchini ]
Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed a proclamation declaring May 17 through 23, 2014, “Safe Boating Week” throughout the District of Columbia.  Safe Boating Week is part of a larger National Safe Boating Week that kicks off a yearlong campaign to promote boating safety through life jacket wear, knowing the rules on the water, and being a responsible boater.

DC Safe Boating Week Proclamation from Mayor Vincent Gray
Mayor Gray recognized the Washington, D.C. flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in its role of promoting National Safe Boating Week in D.C., and this year the D.C. flotilla will be providing complimentary vessel safety checks to local boaters.  Do you know how many life jackets you need to have aboard your boat?  How about child size life jackets for when the kids or grandkids visit?  Vessel safety checks take a brief look at the safety equipment on board and start a conversation with the boater regarding proper equipment and safety practices with a knowledgeable member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

More information on vessel safety checks is available here; the next day of free checks is planned for Gravelly Point Park on May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Along with other boating safety partners, the Coast Guard Auxiliary wants boaters in and around Washington, D.C. to have a worry-free, safe, and memorable boating season and encourages everyone to “Wear It!” – wear a life jacket when on the water at all times.  It saves lives!

For more information about the Wear It! campaign, and National Safe Boating Week, go to www.safeboatingcampaign.com.
Dan Paisley,
May 11, 2014, 11:05 AM