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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT  
709 PM EDT FRI MAY 17 2019  
   
..NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK IS MAY 18TH THROUGH MAY 24TH
 
 
NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS PROUD TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE  
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD, THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL,  
LOCAL POWER SQUADRONS AND LOCAL MARINERS IN DECLARING THE WEEK OF  
MAY 18TH THROUGH MAY 24TH AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK.  
 
THE ANNUAL SAFE BOATING CAMPAIGN IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING  
AWARENESS TO PRECAUTIONS AND SAFETY MEASURES NEEDED IN ORDER TO  
HAVE AN ENJOYABLE AND SAFE BOATING EXPERIENCE.  
 
RECREATIONAL BOATING IS FUN AND ENJOYABLE. HOWEVER, FAILURE TO  
OBEY NAVIGATION RULES, IMPAIRED OPERATION OF A VESSEL, HAZARDOUS  
WEATHER AND NOT PROPERLY WEARING A LIFE VEST LEADS TO AN AVERAGE  
OF 700 DEATHS ANNUALLY.  
 
IF YOU FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES YOUR BOATING EXPERIENCE CAN BE  
SAFE AND ENJOYABLE. THE NUMBER ONE RULE IS ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE  
JACKET. THIS ACT ALONE CAN REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES BY 80  
PERCENT. ALSO, DON'T CONSUME ALCOHOL OR DRUGS THAT WILL IMPAIR  
YOUR JUDGMENT.  
 
PLAN AHEAD AND BE FAMILIAR WITH YOUR EXPECTED SURROUNDINGS.  
FOLLOW NAVIGATION CHARTS, TRAVEL DURING DAYLIGHT ONLY IF NOT  
EQUIPPED FOR NIGHTTIME TRAVEL AND LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL  
HAZARDS BEFORE AND DURING YOUR EXCURSION FOR POSSIBLE INCLEMENT  
WEATHER.  
 
REMEMBER, BOATING SEASON IS RELATIVELY SHORT IN THE NORTH  
COUNTRY SO YOU WANT TO GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT POSSIBLE IN A  
RELATIVELY SHORT TIME. THEREFORE, JUST FOLLOW SOME BASICS, BOAT  
SMART, BOAT SAFE AND BOAT SOBER.  
 
AGAIN, LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS FOR THE LATEST  
FORECASTS AND WARNINGS INCLUDING THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN OPEN WATERS  
FORECAST.  
 

 
 
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