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Issued by NWS Chicago, IL

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CDT MON MAY 18 2015

...MAY 16 THROUGH MAY 22 IS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...TODAYS
SUBJECT...LIFE JACKETS...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS YEARS
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK.

BEFORE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GET OUT ON THE WATER THIS YEAR...GRAB A
LIFE JACKET AND "WEAR IT!"  NEARLY 85 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO HAVE
DROWN WHILE BOATING WERE NOT WEARING A LIFE JACKET.

WEARING A LIFE JACKET IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND SIMPLEST LIFE-
SAVING STRATEGIES FOR SAFE RECREATIONAL BOATING. BOATERS ARE
REQUIRED TO HAVE A U.S. COAST GUARD APPROVED LIFE JACKET ON BOARD
FOR EVERY PASSENGER ON THEIR VESSEL.

TODAYS LIFE JACKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN A WIDE VARIETY OF
SHAPES...COLORS AND SIZES. THEY ARE COMFORTABLE...LIGHTWEIGHT...AND
PERFECT FOR ANY BOATING ACTIVITY.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THIS: REMEMBER TO GRAB A LIFE JACKET AND
"WEAR IT!".

TO LEARN MORE...VISIT THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL ONLINE AT
WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.  VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV.


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