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