EAGLE RIVER, Alaska – Free Vessel Safety Checks will be offered by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at several locations in early- to mid-May.
Eagle River Flotilla 02-14 has scheduled examiners at the following locations:
May 11 Vessel Safety Checks at Eagle River VFW Post 9785, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 18 Vessel Safety Checks at Eagle River Fred Meyer, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Any boater interested in knowing more about their power or paddle craft’s condition before launching can bring the boat by for a check of its systems and safety gear. These checks are completely voluntary and there is no penalty for not passing the check. Many insurance companies offer a discount for boats that earn the “Seal of Safety” from the Auxiliary. For additional information or to arrange for an examination on a different day, call S E. Thomas at (907) 694-3570.
The Auxiliary is also accepting serviceable used adult and children’s flotation devices for donation to the Kids Don’t Float life jacket loaner program.
The vessel safety checks are part of kickoff events for the 2019 North American Safe Boating Campaign, May 18-24, being observed throughout Alaska, particularly in the 12 communities served by Auxiliary flotillas.