Featured Photo – National Safe Boating Week

Saturday, May 19, 2012


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Dave Williams of WCIV ABC New 4 interviews Petty Officer Jason Miller, U.S. Coast Guard Station Charleston and Ronald Foreman, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, about National Safe Boating Week (NSBW).

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Coast Guard Station Charleston are kicking off National Safe Boating Week by hosting Team Coast Guard Community Day, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

The public is invited to meet members of our local public services community and Team Coast Guard and view their associated rescue boats and vehicles. National Safe Boating Week is a week long public awareness campaign to educate people about the importance of being safe on the water, especially as the boating season unofficially begins over Memorial Day weekend.

Photo by Jennifer Heisler, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Photo Corps.

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  1. Joseph A. Conner says:

    The following is my own opinion: The other day I was out Refilling Remote Information Boxes at our local boating ramps. These Remote Boxes are filled with Federal Regs, State Regs and assorted Safety Information such as Saved by the Signal, How to Choose the Correct Life Jacket and when Always Boating Safely PE courses sheduled at different locations in the Fairhope area. While driving to the Remote Ramps I noticed a older man and a young kid launching his boat and with an appoarching storm, as he was leaving the dock the man wasn’t wearing a Life Jacket, but the kid appeared to have a Life Jacket on but it wasn’t a size for the kid. It really hurt me that I was only minutes to late to ask the man to reconsider to wear a Life Jacket and to give the correct Life Jacket to the kid, as they headed into the storm. As a VE it bothers me to see parents not taking the responsiblity to protect their children and their passagers. I believe it’s important for children 13 years and under should be required to wear a Life Jacket in State waters that are at least 20 NM from Federal Waters. I submitted a request in the form of a bill for the state law for to raise the requirement from 8 years old to 13 years old for children of wearing Life Jackets O/B vessels when U/W. Needless to say I lost, but I’m not planning to give up. Thank you. Joseph A. Conner

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