The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Georgetown Flotilla 12-10, is promoting National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, the official launch of the 2019 Safe Boating Campaign.
This yearlong campaign promotes the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters. On Thursday, Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber issued a proclamation in support of Safe Boating Week.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2017, and that 84.5 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and are much cooler in the warmer weather.