Press release submitted by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary|
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Davenport Parks and Recreation team up for National Safe Boating Week
Davenport, Iowa – May 17, 2012 – Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, the Davenport Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering free vessel safety checks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marquette St. boat ramp in Davenport, IA.
A vessel safety check is a safety inspection provided by a trained member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. These inspections cover everything a recreational boater needs to be in compliance with federal and state boating laws. Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel examiners are not law enforcement and there are no consequences for failing a vessel safety check. All vessel safety checks performed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary are voluntary. The purpose for these inspections is to help the boating public learn what they need in order to be safe on the water this summer. Those who pass will receive the red vessel safety check decal to place on their boat indicating that they have been inspected, and were at the time carrying all applicable safety equipment required by law.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Davenport Department of Parks and Recreation are teaming up for this event on the first two days of National Safe Boating Week. The goal is to help keep the community informed and safe this boating season. The emphasis of both the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of Parks and Recreation is on prevention. "If we can stop a boating accident before it happens then we have done our job" says Joseph Cordogan, a Flotilla Staff Officer from the Davenport Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. "Too often we hear about boating accidents that were preventable through proper safety education."
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is an organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting the United States Coast Guard and its missions. Auxiliary members are a uniformed civilian part of the Coast Guard Forces. They teach safe boating classes, perform vessel safety checks, conduct on the water safety patrols, act as an outlet for safe boating information, and much more. For more information on this weekend's vessel safety check days, contact the Davenport Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at (563) 265-6866.
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