ANCHORAGE - Governor Sean Parnell has proclaimed May 16-22 Safe Boating Week in Alaska.
The State of Alaska has in excess of 33,000 miles of coastline in addition to vast interior river systems and fresh water lakes. It comes as no surprise that Alaskans use these waters as a means of day-to-day transportation, subsistence and for recreational activities.
However, every year Alaskan boaters lose their lives in boating accidents. Most boating fatalities in Alaska are the result of the capsizing of or a fall overboard from a boat, where the victim was not wearing a life jacket. Alaska's cold water is unforgiving and many of these tragedies could have been prevented if boaters had made safety their first priority.
This boating season, national and state boating organizations, state and federal agencies and local governments are joining together to promote safe boating through education, and emphasizing the importance of wearing life jackets.
Information on programs and links to other agencies can be found on their website at www.alaskaboatingsafety.org.