The Eaton’s Neck Coast Guard Station will be kicking off National Safe Boating Week Saturday with an open house at its Coast Guard station.
Activities will include demonstration of emergency boating equipment, knot tying, radio protocol, paddle craft demonstrations, and tours of the Coast Guard station vessels, lighthouse, communication room, and new boathouse.
Boat owners can also get a complimentary vessel exam at the Open House conducted by The Coast Guard Auxiliary. The no-penalty, courtesy, examination helps ensure boaters understand state and federal safety requirements and that boaters have the required and recommended safety equipment before heading out onto the water.
Boating statistics released by the Coast Guard in 2010 show that eighty-four percent of boat operators involved with recreational boating accidents did not take a safety course and nearly three-quarters of fatalities reported were due to drowning. Eighty-eight percent of those who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.
The takes place at the Eaton's Neck Coast Guard Station Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A four-hour paddle boat safety class will be held at 1 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. Musical entertainment will be provided at 1 and 3 p.m. by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 2207 Concert Band.