Free vessel inspections for safe boating

LIHUE — Recreational boaters can have their vessel inspected for free Sunday as part of the National Safe Boating Week on Kauai.

“We’ll have Auxiliary members available for the free vessel inspections, Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.,” said Glenn Molander, USCG Auxiliary flotilla commander. “We’ll be next to the USCG Station Nawiliwili where the boats are launched and we’ll have educational material and be available to talk about safe boating.”

Molander said the free inspections launch National Safe Boating Week on Kauai.

Recreational boating is fun and enjoyable, and on Kauai, people are fortunate to have sufficient resources to accomodate the wide variety of pleasure boating demands, Molander said.

However, for those who are not prepared, boating in Hawaiian waters can be an extraordinary risk. On average, 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents, in the United States, states a proclamation issued by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Friday to celebrate safe boating stated.

About 70 percent of these boating-related deaths are caused by drowning and the vast majority of tragedies can be directly attributed to a result of human error or poor judgment.

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