Commemorating 60 years of National Safe Boating Week on Maui
Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey (West Maui, Mā‘alaea, North Kīhei) presented a certificate to the US Coast Guard District 14 in recognition of “the important work they do in protecting our Maui waters” on Friday as part of National Safe Boating Week.
National Safe Boating Week began 60 years ago to encourage all boaters, paddlers, sailors, and fishermen to enjoy America’s waters responsibly.
According to McKelvey, the US Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70% of all boating accidents.
“Through basic boating safety procedures – carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment, boaters can stay safe on the water, especially this Memorial Day weekend,” said McKelvey.
“On average, 650 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the US and thousands more are injured. It’s through the hard work and steadfast vigilance of the men and women of the Coast Guard that many accidents have been prevented and lives saved.”