Ocean City, Md. (July 24, 2012) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) and the Maryland State Police Aviation Command are teaming up this summer to keep boaters safe in and around Ocean City. By stepping up patrols, the partnership will work to reduce the number of accidents during what is typically the busiest boating time of year.
Beginning July 28 and continuing throughout the summer, this enforcement initiative will place emphasis on safety when boating and operating personal watercraft. Officers will be looking for and educating the public on the dangers of speed limit violations, reckless driving, alcohol use, and not using required safety equipment.
“Last year 24 people needlessly died in boating accidents in Maryland─ double the average of previous years,” said NRP Sergeant Brian Albert. “By working together, we will educate the public, help reduce boating accidents and work to keep everyone safe.”
Specially-trained NRP officers will fly in Maryland State Police helicopters or airplanes to conduct boating enforcement efforts from the air. The Aviation Command has trained the 14 NRP officers to work alongside flight crews. The training focused on safety, crew resource management, water egress and emergency procedures.
To help this new enforcement initiative, the Aviation Command began patrolling Ocean City at the start of summer. In addition, members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol have been trained to rescue swimmers via a helicopter in an emergency if needed.
NRP is the lead agency in enforcing boating laws and regulations designed to keep Marylanders safe on the water. The Maryland State Police Aviation Command is committed to assisting NRP perform its mission.
“The popularity of boating and swimming in Ocean City makes it an obvious choice for implementing this initiative,” said Sergeant Albert.
The inherent hazards while boating are not always apparent until after a tragedy occurs. Both agencies seek the cooperation of all boaters, in adherence to laws and safe operating principles, to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer in and on the water.
|July 24, 2012||
Contact: Sgt. Brian K. Albert