“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” on May 20

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The Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard Encourages you to “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” on May 20

May 18th , Gig Harbor, WA – The Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard announced today its support of “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day on Friday, May 20, 2016. The Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard joins boating professionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, the official launch of the 2016 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.

“Wear Your Life Jacket to Work” Day will take place on Friday, May 20 wherever you are!

The National Safe Boating Council is asking all participants to take a picture of themselves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt) or submit directly to the NSBC at lnaylor@safeboatingcouncil.org. Participants are also encouraged to tweet their picture using #readysetwearit.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in approximately 68% of recreational boating fatalities in 2014, and that approximately 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Members of the boating public as well as those interested in showing the wearability of life jackets are encouraged to participate. More information about the event and safe boating is available at www.Facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt.

Wear It To Work Poster

Recreation Boating Safety Facts

All figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2015 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics, the latest official record of reported recreational boating accidents. Full report available at: http://uscgboating.org.

  • Drowning was reported as the cause of death in three-fourths of all fatalities.
  • Approximately 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
  • In 2015, the Coast Guard counted 4,158 accidents that involved 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and approximately $42 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
  • The fatality rate was 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 1.9% increase from last year’s fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
  • Only 15 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
  • Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure and excessive speed as the top 5 primary contributing factors in accidents.
  • Where the primary cause was known, alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 17% of deaths.
  • Twenty-two children under age thirteen lost their lives while boating in 2015. Twelve children, or approximately 55% of the children who died in 2015 died from drowning. (Two children, 17%, of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket; half of the remaining ten children were not wearing a life jacket and were not required to do so under state law.)
  • Where data was known, the most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (45%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (17%).

National Recreational Boating Statistics

  • Fatalities: 626
  • Drownings: 428
  • Injuries (requiring medical treatment beyond first aid): 2,613
  • Boating Accidents: 4,158
  • Property Damage: $41,832,634
  • Number of registered recreational boats in the U.S.: 11,867,049

Top-Ranking States for Boating Deaths

  1. Florida: 52
  2. California: 48
  3. Texas: 44
  4. Washington: 29
  5. Michigan: 24
  6. Georgia/Louisiana (tie): 22
  7. Alabama/Maryland (tie): 21
  8. Kentucky/North Carolina/Wisconsin: 20
  9. Minnesota: 18
  10. Missouri/South Carolina (tie): 17

Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents

  1. Florida: 671
  2. California: 369
  3. New York: 174
  4. North Carolina: 162
  5. Texas: 154
  6. Maryland: 146
  7. South Carolina: 123
  8. New Jersey: 122
  9. Missouri: 109
  10. Tennessee/Washington (tie): 107

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