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Proclamation promoting safe boating signed

Monday, May 19, 2008

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District 24 Safety Officer Don Moon (right) shakes hands with Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen Monday morning following the signing of a proclamation supporting the North American Safe Boating Campaign for the Wabash Valley Power Squadron. Also on hand were the Mayor's Secretary Debbie Pierce and Squadron Executive Officer John Allen. National Safe Boating Week is May 17-23. Corena Herniter Photo.
Recreational boating is fun but risky sport and there are sufficient resources to accommodate the wide variety of boating demands.

Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw recently signed a proclamation supporting the North American Safe Boating Campaign for the local branch, Wabash Valley Power Squadron.

Organized in Brazil 1957, the Wabash Valley Power Squadron is a private fraternity that is interested in boat safety and driving skills, which meets in Terre Haute.

In 2006, the boating fatalities rose from 697 to 710 deaths throughout the United States.

"Drowning is a terrible waste of life and anything we can do to prevent that from happening we would like to do with our boat safety classes," District 24 Safety Officer Don Moon said.

The vast majority of accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment.

A significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today if they wore their life jackets.

According to Executive Officer John Allen, they conduct vessel safety checks free of charge to the boat owner.

National Safe Boating Week is May 17-23.

For more information on classes, membership or safety checks, contact John Allen via e-mail Iboattoo@aol.com



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