An informed public and safety-inspected watercraft will pay dividends during the 2017 Boating Season. U.S. Coast Guard national statistics annually prove that water enthusiasts are far less likely to be involved in aquatic accidents if they are aware of safe operating practices and undergo annual vessel safety checks.
To kick off Safe Boating Week (May 20-26), the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian volunteers of the United States Coast Guard, will join with other organizations to hold a public event on Saturday, May 20 from 11 AM to 3 PM aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet on the North Shore. The host agencies and organizations include the Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council, the United States Coast Guard, PA Fish & Boat Commission, Venture Outdoors, City of Pittsburgh River Rescue, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Allegheny CleanWays, Just Ducky Boat Tours, and the Three Rivers Rowing Association. These organizations will bring their vessels and welcome the public on board for tours. All local boaters and marinas are encouraged to attend.
Sammy the Sea Otter, the Auxiliary's safety mascot for kids, will be present and a youth life jacket give-away will take place.The Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free vessel safety checks for the public to ensure that watercraft are safe and operable for 2017. Partner organizations will also offer safe boating information and advice on boating safety to all who attend.