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Posted: May 18, 2018

Life jackets are life savers — wear it!

National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.

Life jackets save lives.

According to the United States Coast Guard’s latest recreational boating statistics:

  • 80 percent of boating deaths were due to drowning.
  • 83 percent of victims were not wearing a lifejacket.
  • Two-thirds of victims were good swimmers.

“We believe that wearing a life jacket is the simplest way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones while enjoying a day on the water,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council and lead organization for the Safe Boating Campaign.

The Miami Conservancy District provides safe boating tips in its river recreation maps.