At a recent meeting of the Marco Island City Council, members, led by Chair Bob Brown, ordered a proclamation presented to the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS). The proclamation cited the large number of boating fatalities nationally and the reality that better than 80% of those drowned in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets. The WEAR IT! Campaign, sponsored locally by MISPS, seeks to save lives by encouraging boaters to put on their life jackets while on the water. The major event of the campaign is the attempt, once again, to set a record by having the most people show up at Rose Marina at 9:30 AM on May 21 wearing life jackets. All are invited, and if anyone does not have life jacket, some will be available to borrow.
MISPS Commander Bill Hughes thanked city council members for ordering the proclamation, as it shows their commitment to the safety of residents in our boating community. Commander Hughes encourages all local boaters to review the life jacket information at www.safeboatingcampaign.com, since many newer, more comfortable options exist. There are various types of life jackets for different water activities, and it is important that the right style be selected. Also, it’s critical that a life jacket fit properly, and when worn, it should be correctly fastened with all straps, buckles and zippers secure.
The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, which is an educational, social and service organization with nearly 40,000 members in some 400 groups across the country. The United States Power Squadrons® is this country’s largest non-profit boating organization, and has been honored by three U.S. presidents for its civic contributions.
To learn more about the many educational and social activities sponsored by MISPS, visit their website at www.marcoislandsailandpowersquadron.org, or call Education Officer Ted Reiss at 239-213-8722.