Boaters urged to practice safe boating habits

LIHU‘E — Larry Richardson of the Sea Scouts program said Saturday that he didn’t want the launch of Safe Boating Week to be just another day.

The waters surrounding Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor were in good hands as representatives of the U. S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sea Scouts and Surfrider Foundation participated in the event.

Jim Jung of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was manning a boating safety booth at Kukui Grove Center, tying in with the culmination of National Police Week.

Jung offered free activity books and other literature on safe boating practices, noting that in previous years, he would be at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor doing free vessel inspections.

The vessel inspections task was passed off to another representative who joined with the Sea Scouts in answering questions and distributing literature.

“We didn’t want this to be just another day,” Richardson said. “We’ve got the Sea Scouts distributing information and giving tours of the Sea Scout ship Decisive, the U.S. Coast Guard is hosting an open house, and even Surfrider Foundation is providing information on the marine environment.”

The reach did not stop at Nawiliwili as another Coast Guard representative manned an informational tent during the Armed Forces Day observance at the Veterans Center on Kapule Highway.

Jung said thousands of people would be alive today if they simply wore a life jacket when they went out on the water.

He encourages all boaters to wear a life jacket and practice safe boating habits, not just during Safe Boating Week, which ends Friday.

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