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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Burlington VT
709 PM EDT Fri May 17 2019
...National Safe Boating Week is May 18th through May 24th...
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 18th through May 24th 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, failure to
obey 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 act alone can reduce the number of fatalities by 80
percent. Also, don`t consume alcohol or drugs that will impair
Plan ahead and be familiar with your expected surroundings.
Follow 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
Remember, boating season is relatively short in the North
Country so 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