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Flotilla to assist at Ticonderoga tournament

Coast Guard auxiliary to offer safety info

Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15/13 will once again join with the Ticonderoga Elks in working to make the 2012 Elks Fishing Tournament a success.

Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15/13 will once again join with the Ticonderoga Elks in working to make the 2012 Elks Fishing Tournament a success.

— Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15/13 will once again join with the Ticonderoga Elks in working to make the 2012 Elks Fishing Tournament a success.

The members of the Flotilla will be at the tournament on June 2 to promote marine/boating safety. Activities will include distribution of materials and items that encourage the children, along with their parents to keep an eye on fishing, boating and enjoying the water in a safe manner.

“It is a sad but true fact that more than 75 percent of all water deaths involve folks that are not wearing an appropriate PFD (personal flotation device — life jacket)," said David Hirtle of the flotilla. “The importance of this essential piece of water apparel includes the right PFD on the right person. Questions to ask before sending your child down to the river/lake or boat are: Does the PFD they have selected provide the correct flotation for the wearer’s weight? If the PFD the correct type for the conditions that the wearer will encounter? Does the PFD select offer either USCG or UL (Universal Laboratories) stamp of approval?”

During the fishing tournament, certified members of the flotilla will offer, at no charge, vessel examinations. The free exams provide the boater with the knowledge/listing of the basic equipment required by both state and federal guidelines.

“The exam takes but a short period of time to complete but can offer peace of mind in knowing that the boater/owner/operator has taken appropriate steps toward a safe boating adventure,” Hirtle said.

Flotilla 15/13 has been at the forefront in offering and providing federal and state boating classes to the children as well as open classes to the public. The federally certified class is recognized in all 50 states and is part of the mandate for safe, informed boating practices across the country.

To learn more about USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 15/13 and it’s mission call Gene at 585-9304 or David at 597-3398.

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