Sandusky, Ohio On May 20, 2017, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab join participants around the globe to heighten awareness of different life jacket types, including inflatable life jackets, and set a world record for the most inflatable life jackets worn and inflated.
The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), serves as the kick-off to National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, the official launch of the 2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of inflatable life jackets is the goal of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.
The local event, “Clean and Safe Boating Day” will take place on May 20 at the Aquatic Visitors Center at Put-In-Bay, Ohio, from 11 am – 2 pm, and the official life jacket world record event will occur at 12 pm.
The Aquatic Visitors Center is located on South Bass Island’s Peach Point, approximately one mile west of downtown Put-In-Bay at the west end of the harbor. The Ohio Clean Marinas Program, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft and Stone Laboratory will be sharing information about clean and safe boating. Information on the new Lake Erie Islands Water Trails will also be available. Participants will be able to tour the Aquatic Visitors Center during the event.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to recognize the importance of wearing a life jacket, and to highlight other practices that are necessary for a clean, safe, and enjoyable boating experience,” said Ohio Clean Marinas Program Manager Sarah Orlando.
Last year, 6,784 people gathered at more than 210 events held around the world to set a new record for the number of participants who inflated their life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in approximately 75% of recreational boating fatalities in 2015, and that approximately 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Members of the boating public – including anglers, hunters, paddlers, water skiers and others who use boats – are encouraged to attend. More information about the event and safe boating is available at facebook.com/ReadySetWearIt.
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.