2016-05-20 / Community

Coast Guard to host open house Saturday

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and other local emergency responders will host a recreational boating safety open house for the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

The free event will take place at the Coast Guard base in South Portland and will include a Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer demonstration, tours of rescue boats and cutters, kayak rescue demonstrations, hand held flare demonstrations and Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal demonstrations.

“I encourage anyone interested in learning more about the Coast Guard and boating safety to join us on May 21,” said Capt. Michael Baroody, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “I want you to have a better understanding of what the Coast Guard does and the various resources we have available locally. I also want you to practice safe boating and to be mindful of the dangers that these activities bring.”

Maritime safety is one of the Coast Guard 11 statutory missions and as National Recreational Boating Safety Coordinator, the Coast Guard works to minimize loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental harm associated with this activity.

The open house is scheduled in advance of National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 21-27.

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