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Quincy Mayor proclaims boat safety week

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Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore presents a proclamation taming May 20-26 as Safe Boating Week.

What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water.

"You've got to be very careful. You never know what your'e going to hit or come across," said Jeffrey Lake with Quincy Volunteer Emergency Corps.

Huner has been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for three years now and unfortunately, he's seen his share of tragedy.

"I've lost a coworker and a relative in that river," said Huner.

That's why boating safety advocates across the Tri-States have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating.

"When you're in the boat, wear the jacket. Somebody could throw you a life jacket if you're in the water, but it's virtually impossible to put one on. It takes a lot of skill to be able to get into a life jacket if you're actually in the water," added Huner.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics say drowning was the cause of death in three-quarters of all boating fatalities in 2015, and 85 percent of people who drowned weren't wearing life jackets.

Huner also served with the Adams County Emergency Management team assisting in water rescues along the Mississippi.

"I would say the majority of them are probably not wearing life jackets. I don't know any of them that were," said Huner.

One way Quincy is working to promote safety is through the Quinsippi Yacht Club's free life jacket loan program.

"Anyone who needs a life jacket from toddlers up to 2X can go down there are borrow a life jacket and then bring it back at the end of the day," said Tonia McKeirnan with Quinsippi Yacht Club.

Another practice includes making sure your boat and safety equipment is up to date.

"That's why we do vessel exams and we do those every year. It's kind of a refresher. We go over the rules and things like that as well as the equipment to make sure people are prepared for the boating season," said Huner.

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