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101 Critical Days of Summer – Week 6: Watercraft Safety

By Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Necoechea | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 1, 2016

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Week Six of the 101 Critical Days of Summer series of base safety briefs focuses on watercraft safety.

In the weekly newsletter, base safety officials reminded service members and their families about the importance of watercraft safety during a day at the beach.

“Watercraft safety is important because even though the machines may be enjoyable, there is also a certain amount risk involved with operating them,” said Kenneth Rivers, occupational health and safety specialist on base. “Service members need to be aware of the risks involved in order to have a safe, relaxing Summer with their families.”

Base safety officials urge anybody intending to use watercraft to take training courses, wear protective equipment such as life vests, and ensure that they are competent swimmers before participating in any watercraft activities.

“Using watercraft is one of the top recreational activities that service members aboard Camp Pendleton will do this year,” said Rivers.
According to the newsletter, the Coast Guard counted 4,158 accidents that involved 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and approximately $42 million of damage to property due to recreational boating incidents. The state of California alone reported 369 accidents, 227 injuries, 48 deaths and $3,101 in property damage.

“Our Marines and Sailors are the most important part of the Marine Corps as a fighting force,” said Rivers. “Recreational activities allow our troops to decompress and this is a crucial component of troop welfare, but it’s also important to remain safe while doing so.”

For more information visit the link to Base Safety at: http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/StaffAgencies/SafetyCenter.aspx

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