Local Coast Guard, City team up for ‘Safe Boating Week’

Team Coast Guard, Florence Mayor Joe Henry and community members get ready for Safe Boating Week along with some members of the 2019 Rhody Court Princesses.

National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2019 North American Safe Boating Campaign. The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary wish to help ensure the public has a safe, secure and enjoyable boating experience this season by bringing attention to important life-saving tips for recreational boaters.

At the May 6 Florence City Council meeting, Safe Boating Partners Mayor Joe Henry and the City of Florence, in an effort to help spread the Safe Boating message, presented a National Safe Boating Week (May 11-18) proclamation to Team Coast Guard members from Station Siuslaw River.

Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate (BMCS) Jay Nilles, Officer-in-Charge at Station Siuslaw River, accepted the proclamation.

Both Mayor Henry and Senior Chief Nilles donned life jackets to hit home the important message.

Mayor Henry also shared a recent letter from Rear Admiral David Throop, Commandant of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, officially thanking the community of Florence for its support during the partial government shutdown earlier this year.

BMCS Nilles echoed the sentiments of the Admiral, stating he had never seen a community come together like the citizens of Florence to help support the Coast Guard.

He expressed the support was overwhelming and tremendously appreciated. As a small token of appreciation, Senior Chief Nilles presented the Mayor and each city council member with an embossed Heceta Lighthouse/Coast Guard coin.

The proclamation indicates that on average, 650 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the U.S. and 76 percent of those fatalities are caused by drowning. A significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year could be alive today had they worn their life jackets.

Thusly, the number one safe boating tip is always “Wear Your Life Jacket” when underway as it could save a life.

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