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Upcoming National Safe Boating Week Highlights Modern Life Jacket: Proven No. 1 Way to Prevent Loss of Life on the Water Is Now Custom Designed for Every Recreational Water Activity


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Belt pack, suspender-style, camouflage with a shooting patch... it’s all about options when it comes to today’s modern lifejackets. These new and improved safety devices, which are now smaller, lighter, more comfortable, and available in a variety of styles customized for specific sports, will be the primary focus of National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, 2005.

National Safe Boating Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) highlights boating safety the week before the summer boating season.

The event also marks the launch of the annual North American Safe Boating Campaign, a year-round crusade to promote life jacket wear. “Wearing a life jacket-not just stowing it on your boat-is the best way to stay safe on the water,” states Virgil Chambers, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council. “That’s why we urge boaters to ’Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It.’”

Now more than ever, boaters have an opportunity to go out and find the perfect life jacket, one that will accommodate their particular interests and hobbies-such as hunting, fishing, or whitewater kayaking-in addition to keeping them safe on the water.

Drowning remains the number one cause of death in recreational boating accidents. Eighty-six percent of those who drowned in 2003 were NOT wearing their life jackets. It has been estimated that approximately 416 lives could have been saved if boaters had worn their life jackets.

Graphic art, new 2003 U.S. Coast Guard statistics, and additional safe boating resources and campaign materials are located in the pressroom at or

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