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NRP Celebrates National Safe Boating Week

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day, Vessel Inspections and Promotional Visits

Employees from Jack Martin/Avon-Dixon (L to R) Jon Horton, Kelly Sullivan, Beth Fritsch, Alicia Byrd, along with PFD Panda and NRP Officer Brandon Garvey, wore their life jackets to work, to raise awareness on the importance of safe boating.

Annapolis, Md. (May 16, 2012) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) and local boat insurance provider, Jack Martin/Avon-Dixon, encourage the public to join them in wearing a lifejacket to work on Friday, May 18. The State initiative kicks off National Safe Boating Week, May 19 to 23, by raising awareness on the importance of these life saving devices.

“The simple act of wearing a lifejacket could mean the difference between life and death during a boating accident,” said NRP Superintendent Colonel George F. Johnson IV. “If we can prevent one fatality on Maryland waterways by reminding the public to wear a lifejacket, we have accomplished our goal.”

By encouraging everyone to wear a lifejacket in a non typical setting, such as at work, NRP hopes to heighten public awareness and foster discussion on the importance of boating safety.

Last year alone, Maryland had 24 boating deaths- nearly double the ten year average of 13. Nationwide, approximately 75 to 80 percent of boating deaths are due to drowning, many of which could have been prevented with the use of a life jacket.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to team up with the Natural Resources Police for this cause,” said Jon Horton of Jack Martin/Avon-Dixon. “We feel that this is a great way to remind everyone just how important these devices are. It has also been educational experience for all of us, giving our office a forum to discuss the different makes and models of lifejackets that each of us brought to work.”

Jack Martin/Avon-Dixon and NRP will hold free, boating-safety vessel inspections:

  • Newcomb, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 20 at the Oak Creek Boat Ramp
  • Stevensville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 2 at the Matapeake Fishing Pier

NRP and the Minor league Baseball team, the Bowie Baysox, will host Stay Safe on the Bay with the Baysox at the team’s May 24 home game at 7 p.m. NRP’s Boating Safety Unit, Color Guard and mascot, PFD Panda will be on hand to the share their boating safety message. NRP and the Coast Guard will also be at City Dock in Annapolis with displays and demonstrations raising awareness on safe boating in Maryland’s waterways on May 26.

For more information on Maryland Boating Safety visit dnr.maryland.gov/boating/safety.


   May 16, 2012

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation, maritime and law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov