Safe Boating Week starts Saturday

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Buckner, the area's Wildlife Officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), recalled an in-service training exercise a few years ago, one in which he had to tread water in the pool without wearing a life jacket.

And about Buckner's time treading water in the pool, "I literally lasted maybe two minutes".

"Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day will take place on Friday, May 19 wherever you are!

National Safe Boating Weeks kicks off Saturday, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to remind boaters to stay safe this summer.

This is to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets, and to demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work.

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Attendees will then assemble, in life jackets, for the official Life Jacket World Record photograph.

"Don't just have your life jacket close by when you are boating, wear it", said Mike Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft.

The public is invited to stop by and speak with officers about safe boating practices. According to the DNR, about 85 percent of boating accident drownings are the result of people not wearing life jackets. Sober boating saves lives - don't drink or use drugs and boat.

Swofford said boating responsibly and being aware of your surroundings will save lives.

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