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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018
Release No.: 2018-16
GET READY FOR SUMMER DURING NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – May 19 to 25 is National Safe Boating Week and the official launch of the 2018 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Multiple activities will take place at Lake Mead National Recreation Area to help visitors prepare for the summer boating season.
To raise awareness about the week, May 18 is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. Everyone can help promote the importance of wearing a life jacket, by sharing photos of employees wearing life jackets on social media, using hashtag #lifejacket2work and #safeboating.
Cooper, Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s bark ranger, will be showing off his dog life jacket while patrolling the park. Follow @LakeMeadNPS on social media to see pictures of the teacup Yorkshire terrier in action.
On May 19, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting free vessel inspections on Lake Mead. Inspectors will be located at Boulder Harbor starting at 8 a.m. and Las Vegas Boat Harbor at 10 a.m.
The vessel inspections are courtesy exams that inform visitors about required safety equipment, proper registration and permits, proper lighting, signaling devices, marine sanitation devices and fire prevention components.
Rangers and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be on hand to share boating and swimming safety information at Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave from 2-4 p.m. May 19.
Throughout the week, rangers and game wardens will be on the water patrolling and performing safety inspections. As a convenience, safety equipment will be available for purchase at park marinas.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The park will hold its annual media day May 25 where media can go on ride-alongs prior to Memorial Day Weekend. A media advisory with details will be sent out May 21.