The Sea Tow Foundation is urging boaters to be safe on the water this summer through its second annual Designated Skipper Campaign. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause is known, according to a 2014 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics report. The Designated Skipper Campaign’s goal is to eliminate boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol-related accidents on the water while keeping boating fun for everyone.
“Through our Designated Skipper Campaign, which is similar to a designated driver for cars, we encourage boaters to take the pledge and identify a sober skipper who is responsible for the safe operation of the vessel and safety of all passengers while aboard whenever they are out on the water,” said Michael Wesolowski, Executive Director of the Sea Tow Foundation.
Just as you would pick a designated driver before a night out on the town, be sure designate a sober skipper before leaving the dock this summer. Visit DesignatedSkipper.com and take the pledge to respect the legal drinking age, be responsible for the vessel and passengers, and be or designate a sober skipper.
The Sea Tow Foundation has posted a heart-warming video narrated by a father who has taken the pledge to help keep his family safe on the water. To view it, please visit: http://boatingsafety.com/designated-skipper-family/
The Sea Tow Foundation’s Designated Skipper Campaign is supported by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. To stay up to date on the campaign and other boating safety initiatives, follow the Sea Tow Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.