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TOWN OF KILMARNOCK PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK ON 20MAY13

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KILMARNOCK MAYOR RAYMOND BOOTH (L) PRESENTS ED HIND, FLOTILLA 33 COMMANDER, WITH THE 2013 SAFE BOATING RESOLUTION.

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May 21, 2013

Kilmarnock Passes Resolution Supporting National Safe Boating Week May 18-24, 2013

“Recreational boating is fun and enjoyable, and we are fortunate that we have sufficient resources to accommodate the wide variety of pleasure boating demands. However waterways can become crowded at times and be a place of chaos and confusion. While being a marvelous source of recreation, boating, to the unprepared, can be a risky sport” states the proclamation approved May 20 by the Kilmarnock Town Council.

Not knowing or obeying the Navigation Rules or the nautical “Rules of the Road,” drinking alcohol or taking drugs while operating a boat, or choosing not to wear a life jacket when doing so is clearly not the smart thing to do, are all examples of human error or a lack of proper judgment.

One particular behavior that can reduce the number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year by approximately 80% is the wearing of a life jacket. It is a simple task that has the potential to reduce terrible loss in lives. Knowledge and skills are important in reducing human error and improving judgment. If people are aware of the risk, they are likely to take the precautionary measures to protect themselves and their friends and family. That is why we must continue to spread the messages of boating safety not only during National Safe Boating Week but also throughout the year.

Kilmarnock Town Council supports the goals of the North American Safe Boating Week Campaign and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 and proclaimed the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as "National Safe Boating Week.” May 18-24, 2013 will be the start of the year-round effort to promote safe boating.

The council urged all those who boat to “Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It.” and practice safe boating habits.

 

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