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Letter To The Editor

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor:

On May 19, 2012 the United States Power Squadrons® kicked off Safe Boating Week by joining the National Safe Boating Council and the Canadian Safe Boating Council in an attempt to break the world record of the most life jackets worn at one time.

Last year 1,685 people gathered at more than 99 events held around the world to set a new record, and  “This year will be at least 4 times bigger,” says Rachel Johnson, the Communication Director of the National Safe Boating Council.

Each year as many as 500 lives could be saved if boaters wear their life jackets, based on U.S. Coast Guard statistics which showed that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2010. 88% of those who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.

Six Long Island Squadrons Bayside, Jones Beach, Oyster Bay, Peconic Bay, Sewanhaka and South Shore all helped set  a new world record.  We all hope this event makes the boating world aware of the importance of wearing a life jacket when boating. It is the law for all children under 12!


P/C Joseph Ruggieri SN

District Safety Officer USPS

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