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Governor proclaims 'Safe Boating Week'

Posted: May 18, 2012 - 12:03am

ANCHORAGE — Governor Sean Parnell has proclaimed May 19-26 as Safe Boating Week in Alaska, and is encouraging all boaters to follow safe boating practices this boating season.

The kick-off event for Safe Boating Week is “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day” on May 18. According to a release, the purpose is to heighten awareness of the many different life jacket designs now available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work. The National Safe Boating Council is asking participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to www.facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

The U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary will be hosting other events including classes on safe boating and courtesy vessel safety checks for vessel owners. In Juneau, according to the Coast Guard Auxiliary website, “Boating Skills and Seamanship” classes are currently being held.

For more information on programs and resources for boaters, go onlien to alaskaboatingsafety.org.

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