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Safe Boating Week

RecreationFrom a Proclamation

WHEREAS, boating on Alaska’s abundant waterways is an essential part of the lifestyle of many Alaskans; and

WHEREAS, Alaska has the highest overall percentage of boating households in the nation, and Alaskans spend more time on the water than boaters in any other state; and

WHEREAS, each year Alaskans lose their lives in boating accidents, most often the result of a sudden capsize, swamping, ejection, or falling overboard into Alaska’s cold water without a life jacket; and

WHEREAS, if not wearing a life jacket, boaters who experience sudden cold water immersion are at a much greater risk of drowning, regardless of swimming ability; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans know that ensuring safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences requires sufficient knowledge and skills, proper attitude, and sound, unimpaired judgement; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska Office of Boating Safety is again joining together with other states, federal agencies and boating organizations for the 2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign to promote safe, enjoyable boating.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 20-26, 2017 as:

Safe Boating Week

in Alaska, and encourage all boaters to always wear a life jacket when in an open boat or on deck, carry emergency communication and distress signaling devices on their persons, use engine cut off devices, and avoid alcohol or other substances that could impair their ability on the water.

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