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Press Release | May 19, 2023

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

Editor’s Note: Correction to the date and time for the event.

WHO: Capt. Jennifer Stockwell, commander, Coast Guard Sector Virginia  

WHAT: National Safe Boating Week interviews

WHEN: Tuesday May 23, 2023, at 2p.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 Tuesday for the 2023 National Safe Boating Week in Portsmouth.

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.

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.

Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending should contact Sector Virginia Public Affairs Officer at 757-903-1842 and include names and DOB of those coming to attend the event. Media attending the event should arrive at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth no later than 1:30 p.m.