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Posted 5/7/2015

Release no. 15-005


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Lynn Rose
313-226-4680
lynn.m.rose@us.army.mil

DETROIT -- Through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Water Safety Program, the Corps’ Detroit District will participate in National Safe Boating Week events at its Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, LSMVC, in Duluth, Minn.

National Safe Boating Week is the launch of the 2015 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It!

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

So, boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water, during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 16-22, 2015.

As a great way to kick off the recreation season, everyone is encouraged to participate in events hosted at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center. The visitor center will support two key events:

• Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day - Friday, May 15 – ALL DAY - nationwide

• “Life Jacket World Record” Day - Saturday, May 16 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

600 Canal Park Drive

Duluth, Minn. 55802

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day --

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center joins boating professionals and boating enthusiasts all over the nation to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

The annual event serves as a fun educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22. The Corps’ team at LSMVC is committed to educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets. This has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign. Wear your life jacket to work!

SATURDAY, MAY 16

The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, invites the public to participate in “Life Jacket World Record” Day and Boating Safety Events on Saturday May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

LIFE JACKET WORLD RECORD

Let’s break the record! Pictures for “Life Jacket World Record” Day will be taken outside in the park from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. The public is asked to come to the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Canal Park and help break the 2014 world record of 6,943 life jackets worn in one day across the world! The National Safe Boating Council will post these pictures to the www.ReadySetWearIt.com webpage.

“If you don’t have a life jacket, we will have life jackets available here for the event. Remember that your life jacket is your friend when you are in the water” said Mary George, LSMVC Park Ranger. She also said, “The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be here to demonstrate how to choose and fit the life jacket that is right for you.”

NATIONAL SAFE BOATING ACTIVTIES

From 10:00 to 3:00 P.M. there will be free games for children, demonstrations, programs and classes. Many local organizations are expected to participate with the Corps at these events, such as: the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, YMCA, Twin Ports Rip Current Work Group, Park Point Volunteer Surf Rescue Group, Minnesota Sea Grant, and St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

“The YMCA will show us how to throw a life ring. There will be games with “impairment goggles” and water pollution experiments for children by the Coast Guard Auxiliary” said George, “The St. Louis County Rescue Squad will have a tank with an ROV in the park to demonstrate rescue techniques. It should be a fun day for everyone.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Superior Maritime Visitor in Canal Park, Duluth, Minn. is a free facility open to the public year round. For more information visit our web site: www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/LakeSuperiorMaritimeVisitorCenter.aspx

More information and resources:

• Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association: www.LSMMA.com

• The National Safe Boating Council: http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org

• Learn more about the National Safe Boating Council’s efforts to promote life jacket wear and safer boating during National Safe Boating Week and year-round at www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com

• The U.S. Coast Guard’s 2013 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics, the latest official record of reported recreational boating accidents. Full report available at: http://www.uscgboating.org/statistics/accident_statistics.aspx.

 

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