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State Rep. Stephen Smyk, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates, State Rep. Dave Wilson, DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats, Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis, State Sen. Ernie Lopez, and Coast Guard Auxiliary members Denny Neild, Warren Huff, Cindy Chaimowitz and John Ballantyne. DNREC photo by Joanna Wilson.

DNREC kicks off National Safe Boating Week May 16-22
Delaware’s Boating Safety Office urges good safety practices on the water

LEWES (May 15, 2015) – DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats, Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis and Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers joined State Sen. Ernie Lopez, Rep. Stephen Smyk and Rep. Dave Wilson, U.S. Coast Guard and USCG Auxiliary members, USCG Auxiliary volunteer boating safety instructors and volunteer boating safety instructors with the U.S. Power Squadron’s Nanticoke Sail & Power Squadron of Seaford, to officially kick off National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22) at DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Lewes Facility adjoining the Lewes Public Boat Ramp.

“Delaware’s waterways are among the First State’s top tourism destinations, and we can be proud that our state consistently has one of the lowest boating accident rates in the country,” said Deputy Secretary Coats. “To keep these numbers low, we will diligently continue our efforts in boating safety education, outreach, and – as needed – enforcement of our boating rules and regulations.”

With the 2015 summer season making its debut this weekend and plenty of good weather ahead, many boaters will be heading out on the water. As they do, the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages them to remember to practice safe boating, not just over Memorial Day weekend – but throughout the year.

“Our boating safety education program, with the help of our dedicated volunteer instructors, plays a significant role in Delaware’s boating safety record,” said David Saveikis, director of DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife. “As a lifelong boater myself, I encourage boaters to learn the boating ‘rules of the road’ and to practice safe boating each and every time they head out to enjoy our beautiful waterways.”

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