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DPS: Majority of boating-related accidents caused by human error or poor judgment

AT the 2019 Public Safety Awareness Month proclamation signing on Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety reported that the vast majority of boating-related accidents were caused by human error or poor judgment, and not by boat, equipment or environmental factors.

DPS Boating Safety responded to a total of 75 distressed vessels and six sunken vessels in fiscal year 2018.

During the same period, there were 16 drowning cases, eight of which resulted in deaths, DPS said.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and first lady Diann Torres join lawmakers, other officials and CNMI law enforcement officers during the proclamation signing for  2019 Public Safety Awareness Month at the multi-purpose center in Susupe Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioGov. Ralph DLG Torres and first lady Diann Torres join lawmakers, other officials and CNMI law enforcement officers during the proclamation signing for 2019 Public Safety Awareness Month at the multi-purpose center in Susupe. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

On Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Torres proclaimed May as Public Safety Awareness Month and May 18 to 24 as National Safe Boating Week which aims to “bring attention to important life-saving tips for recreational boaters so that they can have a safer, more fun experience throughout the year.”

The proclamation noted that “a significant number of boaters who lost their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn their life jackets.”

Joining the governor and first lady Diann Torres at the proclamation signing were lawmakers, DPS, Department of Corrections and other law enforcement officers.

Governor Torres also signed the proclamations for CNMI Police Week & Police Officer’ Memorial Day, the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization Campaign, and the CNMI Correctional Officers and Employees Week.