Local Teen Organizes Shine On Boating Safety Event After Witnessing the Death of His Girlfriend, Sheyenne Marshall, by a Drunken Boater

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As a platform for earning his Eagle Scout recognition, Jack Ezzell has organized a Boating Safety/Sober Boating event to raise awareness about safe and sober boating practices on Lake Norman. The Shine On Boating Safety Day takes place Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10-5 at The Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius and the public is encouraged to attend.

“Out of a horrific tragedy comes a very powerful program to enhance the awareness and importance of boating safety." David Goodman, Boating Education Chair, Peninsula Yacht Club Fleet Committee

With support from the Peninsula Yacht Club, where Jack works in the marina, the Shine On Boating Safety Event will feature participation from various organizations in the community. The Lake Norman Power Squadron will be offering free vessel safety checks and other organizations such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Cornelius Police Department, Boat U.S., and Sea Tow will be providing boating safety materials and checks for the general public.

Captain Harry Smith and Ezzell will be operating a drunken boater obstacle course, with the use of special goggles that simulate drunken boating as a demonstration of how impairment impacts boating safety.

The Boating Safety Event is being held in conjunction with the In-Water Spring Boat Show held annually at The Peninsula Yacht Club, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10-5.

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