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Working to set life jacket record

Importance of wearing flotation devices emphasized

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Kevin Peters, State Watercraft Officer, instructs National Boat Safety week participants Saturday at McDonald’s in Russells Point on life jacket safety and usage. (EXAMINER PHOTO | CARRIE ELLINGTON)

Officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources helped kickoff National Safe Boating Week this past weekend with an event at the Russells Point McDonald’s.

Customers helped try to set a Guinness World Record for most life jackets worn and more inflatable life jackets inflated as part of the “Ready, Sent, Wear it!” campaign across the United States and Canada.

National Safe Boating week is May 18-24.

According to the National Safe Boating Council, more than 500 lives could be saved each year if the person had been wearing a life jacket.

Brett Trump, the area supervisor from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants people to be prepared with the start of boating season.

“The main focus of National Safe Boating Week and this event is to make sure people have the right equipment and safety gear on their boat,” Mr. Trump said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that in 2011, 70 percent of all recreational boating fatalities were caused by drowning. Of those deaths, 84 percent could have been prevented had the victim been wearing a life jacket.

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