BSO & FWC: DON’T LET A BAD DECISION RUIN A GREAT DAY ON THE WATER
DATE: May 24, 2012 PIO NUMBER: 12-5-24
The Broward Sheriff’s Office will join with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Friday morning to remind boaters to take every necessary precaution during Memorial Day weekend, when boating traffic is traditionally heavy. So far this year, 17 people have already died statewide in boating accidents.
Boating Safety News Conference
10:30 a.m., May 25, 2012
I.T. Parker Park
901 NE 3rd Street
“Sadly, Florida leads the nation every year in boating fatalities, and Broward is one of the busiest boating counties,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “As a long-time U.S. Coast Guard reservist, I realize how important it is to be safe on the water. That means having enough personal flotation devices and other safety gear on the boat, completing a boater safety course and never operating a boat impaired.”
According to the FWC, inattentiveness of the boat operator often contributes to boating accidents, and statistics show that more than 64 percent of the 66 boating-related deaths confirmed last year were attributed to drowning, so it’s clear that personal flotation devices save lives.
Media note: Media interested in arranging a ride-along Friday on an FWC or BSO boat can contact the BSO’s media relations office. BSO deputies will be handing out boating safety information to boaters this weekend. Sheriff Lamberti’s new boating safety public service announcement will be available Friday at www.sheriff.org.
This report by:
Dani Moschella / PIO
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