Mystic Seaport to Hold Safety on Sea and Shore Weekend May 30-31

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First Responders Receive Free Admission and Family Discount

Mystic, Conn. (May 21, 2015) — Mystic Seaport’s Safety on Sea and Shore Weekend honors the work of present-day emergency personnel, while also celebrating the people, methods, and vehicles involved in maritime rescues during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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As part of Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the founding of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the USCG Academy’s 100 years at its current location in New London, the Museum is collaborating with the USCG Auxiliary to promote and recognize the important work the service provides.

The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plans for the weekend include: hands-on activities such as a bucket brigade, a man-overboard drill, and a breeches buoy rescue demonstration; historic apparatus on display including antique fire engines; and rescue animal demonstrations by the Newfoundland Club of New England.

The Old Mystic Fire Department’s Dive Rescue Team will visit with their vehicle, equipment, and personnel, and the Mystic Fire Department’s fire boat, Marine I, will dock at the Museum and crew members will answer questions about the vessel and its operations. Staff from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Boating Division will demonstrate how to properly use emergency flare guns and will give a presentation about safety in cold water, and the United States Power Squadron will demonstrate how to paddle safe when operating kayaks, canoes, and other paddle-driven watercraft.

Free Museum admission will be extended to all first responder personnel with proper identification as a way of saying “thank you” for their dedicated community service. Family members of personnel will receive the Museum’s discounted group admission rate: adult $20; youth (ages 6-17); $11.50 and free for children ages 5 and under.

The first responders discount applies to general admission only. The offer cannot be combined with any other discount.

About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The state-of-the-art Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world with access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $25 for adults and $16 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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