20 May, 2017
National Safe Boating Week runs May 20-26, and the TWRA will be participating to promote the wearing of life jackets as the summer boating season begins. Following the law and taking simple precautions will help ensure that your boating experience goes as planned. Each year, on average, 700 people die in boating-related accidents, 8 out of every 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket.
The National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the "Ready, Set, Wear It!"
The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is today with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket. Always inform family or friends about the details of your trip. "If you don't have them, you're not going to last long".
Stay alert while boating as well. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the boating safety component of Team Coast Guard, urges people to have one on at all times. This is especially true when operating in crowded waterways, at night and when visibility is restricted. Make sure your phone is fully charged but be aware that there often are coverage gaps on the water.
"Much like wearing a seatbelt, putting on a lifejacket during or after an accident happens is too late", said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Ninth Coast Guard District.