Dave White, New York Sea Grant, Recreation/Tourism Specialist, P: 315.312.3042, E: email@example.com
Watertown, NY, May 13, 2014 - National Safe Boating Week is May 17-23 and New York Sea Grant's Dave White
stopped by Watertown's WWNY-TV 7 News This Morning studios to talk with its newscasters and remind viewers about boating safety.
White, NYSG's Recreation/Tourism Specialist, says wearing a life jacket is key. "'Wear It!' is the national campaign that New York State has embraced to encourage folks to wear their life jackets while out on the water."
"Up until this past April 30th, everyone on a boat was required to wear a life jacket. And now, as we're into the spring and summer months, its still the recommendation because we continue to hear about drownings," White says, pointing out that almost every drowning off a boat can be prevented by using a life jacket.
Why is it so important to have a life jacket in these spring months? "Because the water is so cold, which is a shock to the body if you fall in," says White. "It takes up a great deal of energy just to adjust to the water, so it makes swimming to safety that much harder."
For more on this topic, including the different kinds of life jackets that people have to choose from, check out the video clip. Also in the video, White offers a few quick, helpful clean boating tips.
And there's more "NYSG Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades" News
available via the "News/Topics" link in the left-hand sidebar at www.nyseagrant.org/marina
Since April 2006, White has been bringing Sea Grant's "message" to the
morning masses at WWNY TV 7, a Fox affiliate in downtown Watertown,
during one of the highest rated TV blocks in the "wake-up hours," the
6:30-7 am stretch.
Sea Grant's 'five minutes of fame' - which potentially reaches around
10,000 viewers in New York's Jefferson and Northern Oswego Counties -
has featured topics over the years such as boating safety, aquatic
invasive species, diving in search of sunken wrecks, the dune and Salmon
River stewards program, shoreline land issues, tourism, and marine
More Info: New York Sea Grant
New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University
and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based
programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP
engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting
scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed
to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our
aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated
services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental
sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great
Lakes resources since 1971.
For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org
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links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines
for NY Coastlines
, its flagship publication, which, in 2014, merges with the program's e-newsletter, Currents
. NY Coastlines
is published several times a year.