Events promote boating safety

Kids don’t have all the fun at Lake Powell but they sure get their share, especially when the fish are biting. Making sure everyone wears a life jacket can make the experience much safer.



It seems obvious, but water safety experts tell us the best way to prevent drowning is to wear a life jacket.

Call them life jackets, life vests or PFDs (personal flotation devices), experts say hundreds of lives could be saved each year if people wore the things.

The U.S. Coast Guard says of the 543 boaters who drowned in 2009, 84 percent (385) were not wearing life jackets.

And 70 percent of those fatalities were in boats less than 21 feet long.

As part of National Safe Boating Week, the Grand Junction U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Colorado State Parks and Cabela’s are sponsoring a boating safety weekend on May 21–22.

Boat inspections, life jacket demos and other safety presentations will be offered, and it’s all free.

It could save your life, and that’s priceless.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Boating safety weekend as part of National Safe Boating Week, May 21–27. Events include life jacket presentations, free boat inspections and more.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22.

WHERE: Cabela’s at Mesa Mall.     

WHY: As part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Wear It” campaign promoting the importance of wearing life jackets.


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