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FRIDAY, MAY 29 - MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT. Cape Gazette LOCAL WATERWAYS Education, outreach and enforcement are keys for maintaining good record By Ron MacArthur on boats where the operator ronm@capegazette.com had not received boating safety instruction. Delaware is among the safest Under Delaware law, all per- places in the nation to boat. sons born on or after Jan. 1,1978, Officials gathered May 15 in must successfully complete a Lewes to draw attention to the boating safety course in order effort made by state agencies to to operate a boat in Delaware keep the state's waterways safe. waters, including personal wa- At the same time, the Lewes- tercraft. Rehoboth Canal was filled with Participating in the event with boats taking part in a flounder Coats and Saveikis were Fish & tournament. Wildlife Natural Resources Po- "Delaware's waterways are lice officers, Lewes Republican among the First State's top tour- Sen. Ernie Lopez, Milton Repub- ism destinations, and we can be lican Rep. Steve Smyk, Lincoln proud that our state consistently Republican Rep. Dave Wilson, has one ofthe lowest boating ac- U.S. Coast Guard and USCG cident rates in the country," said Auxiliary members, USCG Aux- Delaware Department of Natural iliary volunteer boating safety Resources and Environmental instructors, and volunteer boat- C9ntrol Deputy Secretary Kara ing safety instructors with the Chats at an event to kick off Na- U.S. Power Squadron's Nanti- tional Boating Safety Week. coke Sail & Power Squadron of Boating safety education, Seaford. outreach and enforcement of Delaware's 8-hour basic boat- regulations are the keys to the ing safety course, which fulfills state's safety record, Coats said. the state's mandatory boating Division of Fish & Wildlife safety course requirement, is Director David Saveikis said of- offered in varied locations state- ricers stress compliance above wide in one to four sessions. enforcement whenever possible. Several providers also offer a Chief Robert Legates of the Delaware-approved online ver- Division offish & Wildlife Natu- sion of the boating safety course. ral Resources Police said in 2014 Boaters who complete the course state had one boating-related receive a boating safety certifi- fatality and 24 reportable boating cate, which, for anyone required accidents, to take the course, must be car- , tate law requires children age ried with them while boating. 12 and younger wear a life jacket For more information, includ- while underway in any vessel on ing Delaware's boating safety Delaware waters, and statistics class schedule, access to the on- sff'pport their use. line Delaware boating handbook According to 2014 U.S. Coast and other boating information, Guard statistics, 418 people search Delaware Boating Safety, d owned in recreational boat- or contact Cpl. John McDerby ing "accidents nationwide,at 302-739-9913 or email john. Nearly three-quarters of all boat- mcderby@state.de.us. i -related fatalities nationwide drowned - and more than 80 percent of them were not wear- ing life jackets. Alcohol use is tile leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents and was listed as the leading factor .... ir 21 percent of the 610 boating- related fatalities in 2014. Recreational boat operators are permitted to consume alco- hol, but the same blood alcohol limit used to measure intoxi- cation in automobile drivers applies to boat operators: 0.08 or above is legally intoxicated. Taking a boating safety course can also improve skills and re- duce the chances of an accident. Coast Guard statistics show that in states where instructional data was available, 80 percent of reported fatalities occurred TWO OF DNREC'S FISH & WILDLIFE NATURAL RESOURCES POLICE BOATS prepare tours of the Delaware Bay during the kickoff for National Sate Boating Week. Delaware Fish & Wildlife Police are at the helm of patrol Victor. On May 15, Lewes-Rehoboth Canal at Roosevelt Inlet is a busy place, i members Den Shown taking part in the safe boating ceremony May 15 in Lewes are (I-r) Rep. Steve Smyk; Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates; Rep. Dave Wilson; DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats; Division of Fish & RON MACARTHUR PHOTO.( to give officials and medi~ New DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats wa for her chance to speak during the National 5~ Boating Week kickoff event. i i i WHAT CAUSES ACCIDENTS? The five primary contributing factors for boating accidents are the following: Operator inattention Improper lookout Operator inexperience Excessive speed Mechanical failure David Saveikis; Sen. Ernie Lopez; and Coast Guard Aux , Neild, Warren Huff, Cindy Chaimowitz and John Ballant