Safe Boating Week aims to prevent needless tragedy

The last uniformed activity for Jim Jung, former Rear Commodore of Coast Guard District 14, was to launch Safe Boating Week, which will be observed May 19 through 25.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., in presenting a proclamation of the observance, encouraged all Kaua‘i boaters to prepare themselves before heading out to sea in accordance of this year’s Safe Boating Week theme of “Boat Smart from the Start — Wear Your Life Jacket.”

He also urged all boaters to obtain safe boating education, utilize the services of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and practice safe boating in the commitment to use the island’s waters safely.

The waters around Hawai‘i provide some of the most exciting and beautiful ocean recreational opportunities in the world, the proclamation states, and Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors enjoy a multitude of recreational boating activities.

But boating-related tragedy can result if vessel operators are not properly trained in safe vessel handling and if adequate safety equipment is not carried on board each vessel on Kaua‘i’s ocean waters.

Lives of people pursuing recreational opportunities may be needlessly lost each year to boating accidents which result from a lack of basic knowledge of boating and ocean safety.

Safe boating courses is just one area where the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary can help. The agency also conducts search and rescue missions, examine boats for proper equipment and takes part in other activities to keep Kaua‘i’s near-shore and open ocean waters safe for all.

“National Safe Boating Week is an annual Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary supported initiative with the goal of encouraging safe boating practices by mariners throughout the county,” Jung said in a USCG News release. “The week highlights the importance of safety equipment aboard vessels such as life jackets, proper communication equipment and the benefits of owning an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. The hope is to encourage people to carry appropriate safety equipment which could save their life.”

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