Texas Game Wardens, Coast Guard Team Up for National Safe Boating Week

HOUSTON—Texas Game Wardens and the Coast Guard are scheduled to impart safety tips and offer ride-alongs during a National Safe Boating Week media event in Texas City on Thursday morning.  

Coast Guard Station Galveston search and rescue subject matter experts, Coast Guard Auxiliary members and local Texas Game Wardens will be available for interviews to help keep the public informed of safe boating practices as Memorial Day Weekend approaches.  

The information discussed will include general boating safety tips such as life jacket regulations, kayak identification decals, filing a float plan and rip and tidal currents.   

Station Galveston personnel and Texas Game Wardens will offer rides for media members to demonstrate rescue techniques.   

National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27, is a week-long annual campaign for the Coast Guard and agency partners to emphasize the importance of safe boating practices and the use of boating safety equipment.  

With approximately 1.7 million surface acres of freshwater inland lakes, 4 million acres of saltwater and 80,000 miles of rivers and streams statewide, Texas offers ample opportunities to enjoy the summer months on the water. Last Memorial Day weekend, 17 boating accidents occurred, resulting in three deaths. This holiday, Texas Game Wardens and the Coast Guard are combining their efforts and increasing patrols to help boaters and their families stay safe.   

WHO: Coast Guard Station Galveston, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 6-8, Texas Game Wardens  

WHAT: Providing interviews, offering boat rides and demonstrations for media members  

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 26  

WHERE: Texas City Dike boat ramp, Dike Road, Texas City, TX 77590 

For more information on safe boating, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division, the National Safe Boating Council and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Boater Education Program.


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