Update: 2015 National / Guam Safe Boating Week


Update: 2015 National / Guam Safe Boating Week

by: LT William White | .
U.S. Coast Guard | .
published: May 14, 2015

The National / Guam Safe Boating Week (NSBW) Proclamation Signing by Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio has been rescheduled to Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the large conference room at Adelup.

Pending declaration of the ALL CLEAR in time, the NSBW Safety Exhibit by the partner agencies will still be held at the Agana Shopping Center on Sunday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Vessel Safety Checks scheduled for May 16th at Agat Marina are cancelled.  Vessel Safety Checks will still be conducted per the following schedule:

May 19, Merizo Pier, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 21. Sumay Marina, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 23, Agana Marina, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Two recent boating mishaps in our region highlight the use and effectiveness of having proper and working safety equipment. Last month, stranded boaters in Guam’s offshore waters were able to summon help using marine flares. Earlier this month, four men clung to empty gas cans, fish coolers, and a fishing float after their 22 foot vessel sank in rough seas about eleven miles west of Pohnpei. They were quickly rescued after one of the men retrieved and activated a Personal Electronic Locator Beacon…a device which automatically sends a distress signal and location to the US Coast Guard via satellite.

May 16 through 22, 2015 is National Safe Boating Week. The volunteer membership of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Guam Flotilla 2-24, together with the United States Coast Guard, Guam Boating Law Administrator’s office, Guam Police Department Marine Patrol, Guam Fire and Rescue, the Guam Fisherman’s Co-Op, National Weather Service, and local marine dealers want to remind local boaters to have the proper gear, and when it comes to life jackets to always, “Wear It!”

Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of Guam Safe Boating Week, part of the 2015 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Sponsored jointly by the US Coast Guard, USCG Auxiliary, and the National Safe Boating Council, this week’s activities are designed to increase the awareness and enhance the importance of safety for boaters and water sports enthusiasts. This campaign will kick-off with a Proclamation issued by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor Raymond Tenorio on May 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the large conference room at Adelup.

Emphasis is on the use of life jackets as a key piece of safety equipment and the need to be worn at all times while afloat. Also highlighted is Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system created to better locate mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers. Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to execute its search and rescue missions with greater agility and efficiency, and provide more reliable VHF marine radio communications throughout Guam and the CNMI.

As a continuing effort to promote safe recreational boating, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will once again be visiting various sites around the island providing safe boating information and offering free Vessel Safety Checks for recreational boaters at the following locations around the island:

May 16 Agat Marina 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 19 Merizo Pier 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
May 21 Sumay Marina 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 23 Agana Marina 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

These complimentary inspections ensure the recreational boat owner has all federally and locally required safety equipment in working order, and in an emergency the necessary equipment to save lives and summon help. Free Vessel Safety Checks are also available at a time or location other than those listed above by contacting the Auxiliary.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's missions. For more information on National Safe Boating Week Activities or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, call Guam Flotilla National Safety Boating Week Activities Chairman Jack Ary, at 483-5225 or jary@teleguam.net .

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