Images: Honolulu mayor signs proclamation for National Safe Boating Week
Representatives from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Land and Natural Resources and Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron pose with Mayor Kirk Caldwell, center, after he signed a National Safe Boating Week proclamation at Honolulu Hale, Friday.
The proclamation acknowledges the ongoing issue of boating safety. Between 2008 and 2012, Hawaii recorded 100 boating accidents, involving 107 vessels that resulted in 14 injuries and 27 deaths. In 2012 there were 651 boating related fatalities nationally. Of those, 501 were known to have not been wearing lifejackets. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 17-23 and is an annual initiative sponsored by the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary to raise awareness of and encourage safe boating practices.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa E. McKenzie)