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Boating community ramps up for busy season

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Updated: 5/18/2013 11:57 am
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Rescue units from around Northern Florida kicked off National Safe Boating Week Saturday.

Boaters stopped by the Vilano Boat Ramp for boating safety tips, took part in CPR demonstrations and learned about common deficiencies found aboard vessels.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates it rescues more than 1,000 people from the water each year.

More than 67 percent of the 55 boating-related deaths confirmed last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.

National Safe Boating Week runs through May 24.
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