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Press Release | May 17, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard Sector Virginia to hold National Safe Boating Week media event

Coast Guard 5th District


Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending should contact Lt. j.g. Abdallah at no later than noon Thursday, May 18, 2023 and include names and DOB of those coming to attend the event.

WHO: Coast Guard 5th District recreational boating safety director and Station Portsmouth personnel  

WHAT: National Safe Boating Week; boating safety interviews with Coast Guard 5th District recreational boating safety director and Coast Guard personnel, as well as a ride-along for media

WHEN: Monday, May 22, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 4000 Coast Guard Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23703

PORTSMOUTH, Va.— Coast Guard Sector Virginia is scheduled to host a media event Monday for National Safe Boating Week at Coast Guard Sector Virginia.

National Safe Boating Week is an annual observance running from May 20 - 26 to refresh boater’s safety skills and prepare them for the upcoming boating season. This observance week marks the annual launch of the Safe Boating Campaign, a national initiative that encourages boaters to be best prepared for a safe boating experience.

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

Media attending the event should arrive at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth no later than 8:45 a.m.