SOURCE: National Safe Boating Council

National Safe Boating Council

September 01, 2011 15:46 ET

National Safe Boating Council Launches New Awareness Video to Encourage Safe and Responsible Boating

NSBC Provides Resources Through 'Wear It' Campaign to Remind the Public to Wear a Life Jacket This Labor Day and Beyond

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 1, 2011) - Did you know that according to the U.S. Coast Guard, of those who died in boating accidents in 2010, almost three-fourths of all accident victims drowned -- and more than 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing a life jacket? Most boaters know to have a life jacket on board for every passenger on their vessel. But having them on board and wearing them could mean the difference between a great day on the water and a potential tragedy. That's why the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is encouraging the public to join the 'Wear It!' campaign, a fun way to remind family and friends about the importance of boating safety, education, and to help save lives!

To further encourage safe and responsible boating this Labor Day, the NSBC and their partner organizations recently launched a new awareness video urging the public to be alert and aware while on the water, and always wear a life jacket. This special message can be viewed by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hve8Mu5a_cw.

"We want to provide boaters with a fun way to spread the word that wearing a life jacket is the easiest way to save a life in case of emergency on the water," said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.

For those interested in this important awareness campaign, below are a few of the many ways to get involved:

  • Share the informative Awareness Video with your family, and remind them that there's no excuse not to 'Wear It!'

  • Enter the Safe Summer Campaign Contest by submitting a safe boating story. The grand prize winner will receive a Summer Fun package, which includes a life jacket, beach towel and Flip Mino HD camcorder!

  • Check out Boating Safety "Sidekicks", a safe boating kidsite, where children can learn about the importance of wearing a life jacket early on with coloring pages, games, quizzes and more!

To learn more, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com, and follow the NSBC on Facebook and Twitter!

About the National Safe Boating Council

The National Safe Boating Council represents over 330 U.S. and Canadian organizations committed to reducing boating accidents and enhancing the boating experience. Visit www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com for campaign materials and additional safe boating resources. The North American Safe Boating Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the many members of the National Safe Boating Council. The campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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