At the May 8th meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Chair Ruth Larson issued a Proclamation declaring May 19 to 25, 2018 as National Safe Boating Week in James City County. Ms. Larson urged all those who boat to practice safe boating habits and wear a life jacket at all times while boating. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers Boating Safety classes and Vessel Safety Checks; Williamsburg Flotilla Commander David Gamble encourages boaters to request these free services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70 percent of all boating accidents and that life jackets could prevent more than 80 percent of boating fatalities. Through basic boating safety procedures - carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment, wearing life jackets, attending safe boating courses, participating in free boat safety checks, and staying sober when navigating - we can help ensure boaters on America's coastal, inland, and offshore waters stay safe throughout the season. National Safe Boating Week is observed to bring attention to important life-saving tips for recreational boaters so that they can have a safer, more fun experience out on the water throughout the year.
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