US Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunkirk Detachment to host Ready Set Wear It Day Saturday

U.S.Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunkirk Detachment has announced its sponsorship of “Ready Set Wear It Day on Saturday. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 32 detachment joins participants around the globe to heighten awareness of different life jacket types that are available, including inflatable life jackets and set a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, serves as the kickoff to National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, The official launch of the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of inflatable life jackets is the goal of the North American Safe boating Campaign.

The local event will take place Saturday at the Dunkirk Pier. Inflate time will be 2 p.m. Firemen will be available from 1:45 to 2 p.m. to answer any questions regarding the Dunkirk Fire Department.

Last year, 5,774 people gathered at more than 145 events held around the world to set a new record for the number of participants who wore and inherently buoyant life jacket and inflated their inflatable life jacket.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost 71 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2012, and that almost 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Members of the boating public – including anglers, hinters, paddlers, water skiers and others who use boats – are encouraged to attend. More information about the event and safe boating is available at . Vessel exams will be preformed on the pier from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

If your are over 17 and would be interested in joining the Dunkirk Detachment of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Judith Hafner FSO-PA, will be there to answer any questions. or call her at home 672-7992 or cell 785-2198 or email at