Sea Tow Foundation endorses Coast Guard boat safety plan

SOUTHOLD, N.Y — The Sea Tow Foundation recently joined representatives of 21 recreational boating safety organizations in signing the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan for the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

By signing the plan, the foundation commits to work toward the goals and objectives outlined in the plan that are meant to decrease the number of boating accidents, injuries and fatalities on the nation’s waterways. Presentation and signing of the Strategic Plan took place during the International Boating & Water Safety Summit in Savannah, Ga., March 6-9.

“The Sea Tow Foundation will be working with the Coast Guard and other recreational boating safety partners to ensure that boating is safe and enjoyable through the continuation of our successful Life Jacket Loaner Program as well as the development of new programs that address the mission of the Foundation and the objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan,” Gail Kulp, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation, said in a statement.

The National Recreational Boating Safety Program’s mission is to ensure the public has a safe, secure and enjoyable recreational boating experience by implementing programs designed to minimize fatalities, injuries and property damage while cooperating with environmental and national security efforts. The program’s Strategic Plan utilizes eleven broad objectives and specific strategies deemed necessary to attain the goals that will carry out the mission of the program.

The Strategic Plan was drafted by members of the Strategic Planning Panel of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, which provides advice and recommendations on matters relating to recreational boating safety to the Department of Homeland Security via the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Office of the Auxiliary and Boating Safety, and other experts.

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