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Come back alive: Water safety books, videos available from Alaska Sea Grant

Date: July 7, 2000
Contact: Doug Schneider, Information Officer
Alaska Sea Grant, (907) 474-7449,

Sea Grant online bookstore

FAIRBANKS, Alaska—A recent rash of boating-related accidents in Alaska waters once again puts water safety in the spotlight. The University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program in Fairbanks has several publications and videos geared to helping people understand how to work and play safely on our lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Water Wise is a new 195-page illustrated book about recreational boating safety. Written by Jerry Dzugan and Susan Clark Jensen, two of Alaska's leading experts on water safety with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Sitka. The authors explain in a fun and easy-to-read way how to prepare for a boat trip, read the weather, survive in the water and on shore, find and retrieve a man overboard, fight fires, abandon ship, and other topics that can save lives.

It Could Have Been Prevented is an award-winning 17-minute video that teaches the do's and don'ts of safe riverboat travel. Narrated by a prominent Native leader and featuring Alaska Native actors, the video is a gripping dramatization about a tragedy that befalls a family traveling by skiff to their fish camp on an Alaska river.

Family Boating: Preparing for the Emergency is an illustrated fact sheet that provides details on what families should be aware of in preparing for boating emergencies, especially in the cold waters of Alaska.

Beating the Odds on the North Pacific is a 244-page illustrated book that explains how commercial fishermen can prevent and survive accidents. Topics include how to prepare the vessel, maintain safety gear, respond to emergencies at sea, and train the crew so problems don't escalate into disasters.

All these and more marine and outdoor safety publications and videos are available from the Sea Grant program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Call Sea Grant toll-free at 888-789-0090 to order these items or request a free catalog, or visit the Sea Grant online bookstore.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a marine research, education and outreach service headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in partnership with the state of Alaska and private industry.

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