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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
624 AM EDT SUNAT MAY 17 2015

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO OBSERVE MAY 16TH
THROUGH MAY 22ND AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...

THE FREQUENCY OF BOATING ACCIDENTS VARY CONSIDERABLY.
HOWEVER...TRENDS BEGIN TO APPEAR WHEN REVIEWING STATISTICS
NATIONALLY.  THE FOLLOWING ARE ANNUAL BOATING STATISTICS...COURTESY
OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
SECURITY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY...

* IN 2014...THE COAST GUARD COUNTED 4064 ACCIDENTS THAT INVOLVED 610
  DEATHS...26 78 INJURIES AND 39 MILLION DOLLARS OF DAMAGE TO
  PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF RECRATIONAL BOATING ACCIDENTS.

* SEVENTY PERCENT OF ALL FATAL BOATING ACCIDENT VICTOMS
  DROWNED...AND OF THOSE...EIGHT-FOUR PERCENT WERE NOT REPORTED AS
  WEARING A LIFE JACKET.

* ONLY TWENTY-THREE PERCENT OF DEATHS OCCURRED ON BOATS WHERE THE
  OPERATOR HAD RECEIVED BOATING SAFETY INSTRUCTION.  EIGHT OUT OF
  EVERY 10 BOATERS WHO DROWNED WERE USING BOATS LESS THAN 21 FEET IN
  LENGTH.

* OPERATOR INATTENTION...IMPROPER LOOKOUT...OPERATOR
  INEXPERIENCE...EXCESSIVE SP EED AND ALCOHOL RANK AS THE TOP FIVE
  PRIMARY CONTRIBUTING FACTORS IN ACCIDENTS.

* ALCOHOL USE IS THE LEADING CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN FATAL BOATING
  ACCIDENTS; IT WAS LISTED AS THE LEADING FACTOR IN 21 PERCENT OF
  THE DEATHS.

* TWELVE CHILDREN UNDER AGE THIRTEEN LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE BOATING
  IN 2014.  58 PERCENT OF THE CHILDREN WHO DIED IN 2014 DIED FROM
  DROWNING.  FIVETY-SEVEN PE RCENT OF THOSE WHO DROWNED WERE WEARING
  A LIFE JACKET AS REQUIRED TO DO SO BY LAW.

* THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF VESSELS INVOLVED IN REPORTED ACCIDENTS
  WERE OPEN MOTORBOATS (FORTY SEVEN PERCENT)...FOLLOWED BY PERSONAL
  WATERCRAFT (17 PERCENT) AND THEN CABIN MOTORBOATS (15 PERCENT).

TO INCREASE YOUR SAFETY...CONSULT THE FORECASTS BEFORE VENTURING OUT
ON THE LAKE S. COMPLETE FORECASTS FOR SEBAGO LAKE AND LAKE
WINNIPESAUKEE CAN BE FOUND BEGINNING

MONDAY AT WWW.ERH.NOAA.GOV/GYX/LAKEFORECASTS/

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