NEWS ARTICLE ARCHIVE
TOWN OF KILMARNOCK ISSUES SAFE BOATING PROCLAMATION ON 21MAY12
KILMARNOCK VICE MAYOR WILLIAM SMITH (L) PRESENTS FLOTILLA 33 VICE COMMANDER ED HIND WITH A SAFE BOATING PROCLAMATION PRIOR TO NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK.
Town of Kilmarnock
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, our 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. 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 your 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
a life jacket. It is a simple task
Whereas, on average 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the U.S.; nearly 70% of these are fatalities caused by drowning: and
Whereas, the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment and not by the boat, equipment, or environmental factors; and
Whereas, a significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn their life jackets; and
Whereas, modem life jackets are more comfortable, more attractive, and more wearable than styles of years past and deserve a fresh look by today's boating public.
Therefore, I, Vice Mayor William L. Smith on behalf of the Town of Kilmarnock Town Council, do support the goals of the North American Safe Boating Week Campaign and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 and proclaim the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as "National Safe Boating Week." May 19-25,2012 will be the start of the year-round effort to promote safe boating.
In Witness Thereof, I urge all those who boat to "Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It." and practice safe boating habits.
Given under the signature of Vice Mayor, William L. Smith and the seal of the Town of Kilmarnock this 21st day of May, 2012.
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