USCG: National Safe Boating Week Begins on Guam SATURDAY

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Guam – May 17 through 24, 2014 is National Safe Boating Week. 

 

The volunteer membership of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Guam Flotilla 2-24, together with the United States Coast Guard, Guam Boating Law Administrator’s office, Guam Police Department Marine Patrol, Guam Fire and Rescue, the Guam Fisherman’s Co-Op, and local marine dealers, want to remind local boaters to always, “Boat Smart, Boat Safe – Always wear a life jacket.”

Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of Guam Safe Boating Week, part of the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Sponsored jointly by the US Coast Guard, USCG Auxiliary, and the National Safe Boating Council, this week’s activities are designed to increase the awareness and enhance the importance of safety for boaters and water sports enthusiasts. This campaign will kick-off with a Proclamation issued by the acting Governor Ray Tenorio.

Emphasis is on the use of life jackets as a key piece of safety equipment and the need to be worn at all times while afloat. Also highlighted is Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system created to better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers. Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency, and provide more reliable VHF marine radio communications throughout Guam and the CNMI.

As a continuing effort to promote safe recreational boating, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will once again be visiting various sites around the island providing safe
boating information and offering free Vessel Safety Checks at the following locations around the island:

* May 17 Agat Marina 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
* May 21 Merizo Pier 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
* May 24 Agana Marina 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

These complimentary inspections are designed to ensure the recreational boat owner has all required safety equipment in working order to ensure your boat meets federal safety standards, and in an emergency you have the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Free Vessel Safety Checks are available at a time or location other than those listed above by contacting the Auxiliary.

On Saturday, May 24, 4:00 PM, the annual, “Blessing of the Fleet” will be conducted by a local parish priest at the Hagatna Boat Basin. All private, commercial and public vessel owners and operators are invited to bring their boats and receive a blessing for safe voyages on the sea. The Guam Fisherman’s Co-Op sponsors this popular event and graciously provides a merienda, including fresh fish and other island cuisine after the blessing.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

For more information on National Safe Boating Week Activities or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, call Guam Flotilla Commander Daniel J. Berman at 477-2778 or djberman@pacific-lawyers.com