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000 NOUS41 KBTV 250900 PNSBTV NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-260000- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Burlington VT 500 AM EDT Fri May 25 2018 ...National Safe Boating Week Is May 19th Through May 25th... NOAA`s National Weather Service is proud to join and support the United States Coast Guard...The National Safe Boating Council... local power squadrons and local mariners in declaring the week of May 19th through May 25th as National Safe Boating Week. The annual safe boating campaign is an opportunity to bring awareness to precautions and safety measures needed...in order to have an enjoyable and safe boating experience. Recreational boating is fun and enjoyable. However...not obeying navigation rules...impaired operation of a vessel...hazardous weather and not properly wearing a life vest leads to an average of 700 deaths annually. If you follow a few simple rules...your boating experience can be safe and enjoyable. the number one rule is always wear a life jacket...this can reduce the number of fatalities by 80 percent. Do not consume alcohol or drugs that will impair your judgement. Plan ahead. Be familiar with your expected surroundings...following navigation charts...travel during daylight only if not equipped for nighttime travel and listen to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards before and during your excursion for possible inclement weather. Remember...boating season is relatively short in the North Country... thus you want to get the most enjoyment possible in a relatively short time. Therefore...just follow some basics...boat smart...boat safe and boat sober. Again...listen to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for the latest forecasts and warnings...including the Lake Champlain open waters forecast. $$

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