Michigan DNR offers tips for safe boating


The National Safe Boating Council will kick off its annual boating safety campaign with National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26. Following the law and taking simple precautions will help ensure that your boating experience goes as planned.

Although 2016 U.S. Coast Guard statistics have not been released yet, in 2015 drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities, and 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Indiana Conservation Officers want to you have a safe and fun summer, while out or near the water, please wear your life jacket. The event is created to highlight comfort and ease of life jacket use.

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North Country participants will gather, in life jackets, outside the Dobisky Center at the Ogdensburg Municipal Marina at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, for a reading of Ogdensburg's National Safe Boating Week Proclamation by Mayor Wayne Ashley.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced today its support of "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day on Friday, May 19, 2017. Always carry a first-aid kit, nautical charts, anchor, and marine radio or cellphone. Make sure navigation lights work properly. Also give them phone numbers for the local emergency dispatch center and U.S. Coast Guard in case you don't return on time. This is especially true when operating in crowded waterways, at night and when visibility is restricted. Visit http://www.agfc.com/education/Pages/EducationBoating.aspx for more information about Boating Education in Arkansas.