President declares National Safe Boating Week

WASHINGTON - President Bush has issued a proclamation declaring May 21 - 27 to be National Safe Boating Week, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, reported in a release this morning.

“I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 21 through May 27, 2005, as National Safe Boating Week,” Bush wrote in the proclamation. “I encourage the Governors of the 50 States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to join in observing this week. I also urge all Americans to learn more about safe boating practices, wear life jackets, take advantage of boating safety programs throughout the year, and always engage in proper and responsible conduct while on the water.”

Bush said recreational boating has grown into one of the nation's most popular pastimes. He reiterated the U.S. Coast Guard's guidelines for safe boating: wear properly fitted life jackets; get vessels checked for safety; never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and get proper training about the safe operation of boats.

“By adhering to these simple suggestions, boaters can keep themselves and others safe as they enjoy our Nation's waterways,” Bush said.

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