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Safe Boating Week

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Safe boating week

Jim and Matthew Armitage, members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-06, accept a proclamation issued by Lincoln County Mayor Peggy Bevels declaring May 18-24 as Safe Boating Week here in Lincoln County.

A proclamation recognizing this week as Safe Boating Week across Lincoln County encourages people here to follow safe boating practices.

“Lincoln County is known for its scenic beauty and its friendly industrious people,” said Lincoln County Mayor Peggy Bevels in issuing the proclamation. “Our people enjoy and receive pleasure from recreational boating.”

She goes on in the proclamation to encourage people to obey navigation rules, such as not drinking or taking drugs, and always wearing your life jacket while on the water.

“Drinking alcohol or taking drugs while operating a boat or choosing to not wear your life jacket are all examples of human error or a lack of proper judgment,” she said. “Approximately 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents, of which nearly 70 percent of those accidents are fatalities caused by drowning.”

Part of the national observance, North American Safe Boating Campaign, urges year-round efforts to promote safe boating.