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Safe Boating Events
Thursday, April 3, 2014

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2014
Clay County Plans Safe Boating Events

Clay County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit members regularly partner with members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-05 to provide classroom-based safety courses and on-site safety checks/programs for boaters in our community. We would like the community to be aware of two events, one in April and one in May, in which they can participate. Contact names/numbers are included below if you have any questions.

Safe Boating Class Planned for April 12th in Clay County
U.S. Coast Guard boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Flotilla 14-05 in Green Cove Springs, located in the Reynolds Industrial Park on Florida SR 16E is offering a free one-day boaters safety class on April 12th with the opportunity to earn the State of Florida Boater Safety ID card. The class is required for boaters born after Jan. 1, 1988. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. To reserve seats or for further information contact jes.stevens@comcast.net or call Jesse Stevens at 904-696-7596.

NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK - MAY 17-23, 2014; Vessel Safety Checks Offered
In observance of National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) May 17-23, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-05 will offer free Vessel Safety Checks at Knight’s Marina and Governor’s Creek launch ramps from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday, May 17th and at Main Street, Middleburg and Old Ferry Road launch ramps from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 18th. If a boat does not pass, no citation is issued. Instead, a written report is provided to the boat operator on how to correct any discrepancies.

Flotilla 14-05 joins the US Coast Guard and Clay County Sheriff’s Office and other boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada to promote safe and responsible boating including proper safety equipment on board and consistent life jacket wear each and every time on the water. The grim fact is that drowning remains the primary cause of death in recreational boating accidents, with 85% of victims found not wearing their life jackets. But, there is still plenty of fun to be had on the water while choosing to always wear a life jacket and while boating responsibly.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer organization, dedicated to promoting boater education and safety, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2014 with over 360 members in the greater Jacksonville area. For additional information, contact Chuck Whipple, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary –Flotilla 14-05, NSBW Committee Chairman, 904-284-7045, cwhipple7@bellsouth.net.

Thank you,
Mary Justino/CCSO



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