U.S. Coast Guard Boat/Paddle Safety Event & Open House - SATURDAY JUNE 9th - 10am to 3pm | Events

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U.S. Coast Guard Boat/Paddle Safety Event & Open House - SATURDAY JUNE 9th - 10am to 3pm
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What:  U.S. Coast Guard’s BoatSmart 2012. 

• Free boating and paddle safety Open House to learn about potentially LIFE SAVING safety equipment, emergency gear, survival/self help techniques, distress communications & trip planning tips.  Additional info in attached.

Where: Coast Guard Sector Northern New England - 259 High Street, South Portland, ME

When:  This Saturday, June 9th, from 10am to 3pm

Details:  Free and open to the public.  Media invited to attend; interview opportunities.

• Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks (public may bring boats for courtesy safety checks)
• Info booths staffed by boat/paddle sports specialists
• On-water paddle craft safety demonstrations
• Flare shoot (public may bring flares to shoot)
• Cold water and BUI safety seminars
• Coast Guard Cutter and rescue boats available for tours

• Free waterproof “If Found” stickers available for paddle craft owners – Identification on paddle craft help USCG track down owners when craft are reported adrift and unoccupied – saves costly/lengthy searches and may help confirm that someone was in fact out on it and now missing.  Approximately 100 kayak/canoe ‘unmanned/adrift’ cases occur annually along Maine and New Hampshire coasts!

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