Group Awarded For Promoting Paddle Safety 

The Coast Guard said “Thanks” to a local group for making paddling off the shores of Maine safer.Organizers of the Paddle Smart program were given a Commendation Award for the good that their project does.The three hour safety symposium teaches skills like rescue and navigation.The Coast Guard credits several lives being saved thanks to the quick thinking of former Paddle Smart students.The Coast Guard also thanked the group for pushing people to label their boats with their name and phone number, making search and rescues a whole lot easier.