NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


August 23, 2004

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public forum to discuss mandatory wear of personal flotation devices (PFD) on recreational boats. The one-day forum will begin at 9:00 am on August 25, 2004 at the NTSB Academy in Ashburn, VA.

The purpose of the forum is to gather all available data, and to promote an open and informative discussion of policy issues related to mandatory PFD use.

The Safety Board has a long history of working to improve recreational boating safety. Enhancing recreational boating safety has been on the Board's "Most Wanted" list of transportation safety improvements since its inception in 1990.

Some of the issues discussed at the forum will be:

The forum will be webcast on the Board's website at www.ntsb.gov. Registration details and agenda for the forum and directions to the Academy may also be found on the website.

NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.