Mayor Summers Proclaims May 20 Through May 26 as ‘Safe Boating Week’May 16, 2017
Mayor Michael Summers presented several members of the North Coast Ohio Sail and Power Squadron with a special proclamation at Lakewood City Hall on Monday, May 8.
In addition, the mayor declared the week of May 20 to May 26 as Safe Boating Week to raise awareness about boating safety.
On average, 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the United States. Approximately 70 percent are fatalities caused by drowning, and the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment and not by the boat, equipment or environmental factors.
A significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn a life jacket.
“Knowledge and skills are important in reducing human error and improving judgment,” according to the proclamation. “Boating safety education courses are available through the U.S. Power Squadrons, such as the local North Coast Ohio Sail & Power Squadron, and the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.”
The purpose of North Coast Ohio Sail and Power Squadron — which changed its name last year from Rocky River Sail and Power Squadron — is to serve the public and its membership by promoting boating safety through education.
As part of that mission, the North Coast Squadron offers several carefully planned courses in subjects such as Seamanship, Piloting, Plotting and Position Finding, and Celestial Navigation among others.
“In Lakewood, safety is one of the key objectives. And boater safety fits in within our goals,” said Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. “We want our residents to be safe while enjoying our greatest natural resources: Lake Erie and the Rocky River.”