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May 14, 2013

NRP to Celebrate National Safe Boating Week

by Martha

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day and boat safety check

 

DNR's leadership team wearing their lifejackets to work at last year's event.

DNR’s leadership team and PFD Panda wearing their lifejackets to work at last year’s event.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers encourage the public to join them in wearing a lifejacket to work on Friday, May 17. The State initiative kicks off National Safe Boating Week, May 18 to 24, by raising awareness on the importance of these life saving devices.

“The simple act of wearing a lifejacket could mean the difference between life and death during a boating accident,” said NRP Superintendent Colonel George F. Johnson IV. “If we can prevent one fatality on Maryland waterways by reminding the public to wear a lifejacket, we have accomplished our goal.”

Nationwide, approximately 75 to 80 percent of boating deaths are drownings, many of which could have been prevented with the use of a life jacket. By encouraging everyone to wear a lifejacket in a non typical setting, such as at work, NRP hopes to heighten public awareness and foster discussion on the importance of boating safety. Check out photos from last year’s Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day here.

Officers will also provide free boat safety inspections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at City Dock in Downtown Annapolis.

A copy of the Governor’s 2013 Safe Boating Week proclamation can be viewed here. More information on boating safety in Maryland is available at dnr.maryland.gov/boating/safety.

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