Alaska Sea Grant in the News

Sea Grant urges boaters to play it safe

Date: 26 June 2001
Contact: Doug Schneider, Public Information Officer 907-474-7449,
NR: SG-2001/NR200

FAIRBANKS, Alaska—Alaska has one of the highest rates of recreational boating accidents and deaths in the nation. At least six people already have died this year in boating and swimming accidents across the state. Some deaths could be prevented if people would wear personal flotation devices and learn and use simple safe boating techniques.

To help people avoid and cope with boating accidents, the University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program offers a comprehensive guide to boating safety, called Water Wise. The easy-to-read guide covers all aspects of boating safety, from properly preparing yourself and your boat to coping with emergencies and getting back safely. The 200-page, national-award-winning book was written by Jerry Dzugan and Susan Clark Jensen, marine safety experts in Sitka. Cost is $19.95.

To order, call toll-free, 888-789-0090, or get more information on Water Wise from our Web site.

For information about safe boating classes in Alaska, call your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or go to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Web site.

Note to reporters & editors: Free review copies of Water Wise are available on request.

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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