Coast Guard Auxiliary announces West Marine vessel safety check
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[MAY 9, 2006]
Peter J. Urgola, chief of the Vessel Examination
and Recreational Boating Safety Department of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary, has announced that West Marine will once again be
offering a free T-shirt to boaters who pass a vessel safety check
during National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26. A coupon will be
presented by the vessel examiner, from either the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron.
The T-shirts are attractive as well as functional. The front of the
shirt has the "You’re In Command -- Boat Responsibly" message and
also names West Marine and Boat U.S. as the partners. The message on
the left sleeve says, "Boat Responsibly -- Get a Free Vessel Safety
Check -- Visit
Urgola said the T-shirt coupons can be redeemed at West Marine
stores or by mailing the coupon to the address provided on the
coupon, since only a limited supply will be available at each West
Boaters are encouraged to have their vessels ready for the free
vessel safety check by visiting
www.safetyseal.net, which offers a virtual safety check so
boaters can understand the federal requirements to be checked.
Boaters can also contact local vessel examiners at the
"I Want a VSC" link.
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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, volunteer
component of the Coast Guard. The auxiliary assists the active-duty
Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and
direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the
nation's waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock,
performing maritime domain awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel
safety checks and public education.
The auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an act of Congress as the
U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and redesignated as the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary in 1941. Its over 31,000 members donate millions of hours
annually in support of Coast Guard missions.
[U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary