Ogdensburg Coast Guard Auxiliary urges public to join in life jacket event
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 6:14 pm

OGDENSBURG -- The Ogdensburg United States Coast Guard Auxiliary wants local people to help set a new world record in a “Ready, Set, Wear It” life jacket event from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Dobisky Center.

The gathering is part of the yearlong worldwide safe boating campaign to promote boating safety and consistent voluntary wearing of life jackets on the water.

The Ogdensburg Auxiliary joins participants around the globe to heighten awareness of different life jacket types and in setting a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated.

The previous world record was set in 2015 with 10,917 participants gathered at 257 events around the world.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2016, and that 83 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Members of the boating public, including anglers, hunters, paddlers and others who use boats -- including pets -- are encouraged to attend, bring their life jackets and pose in the picture that will be submitted to be included in the world record attempt.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org.