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Press Release | May 17, 2023

Media Advisory: Coast Guard hosts proclamation signing event for Safe Boating Week

HONOLULU — Coast Guard Sector Honolulu will be hosting an event to mark the start of the 2023 National Safe Boating Week on Friday at Sector Honolulu.

WHO: Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, Coast Guard Auxiliary
WHAT: Proclamation signing for National Safe Boating Week.
WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2023, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
WHERE: 400 Sand Island Pkwy Honolulu, HI 96815

National Safe Boating Week is an annual observance running from May 20 - 26, encouraging all boaters to refresh their boating safety skills and prepare 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.

The data also shows that in 2022:

  • The fatality rate was 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.  This rate represents a 1.8 percent decrease from last year’s fatality rate of 5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.  (In 1971, when the Safe Boating Act was first passed, the fatality rate was 20.6 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.)
  • Property damage totaled $63 million.
  • Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

Where the cause of death was known, 75 percent of fatal boating incident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 85 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

Members scheduled to attend:

Hawaii State Rep. Jenna Takenouchi

Clifford Inn from Department of Land Natural Resources Boating Administration 

Adam Kurtz from NOAA Fisheries

Ian Santee from City and County of Honolulu Deputy Director of Emergency Services 

Kim Isaak from Mothers Against Drunk Driving 

Please contact the District 14 Public Affairs Public Affairs Office at (808) 265-7748 or via email at to RSVP