Staten Island Bank Shares Vital Advice for Memorial Day Boaters


If your plans for Memorial Day 2016 include boating on Staten Island’s surrounding waterways, or elsewhere, Victory State Bank wants to remind you that alcohol and boating can be a lethal mix.

Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank recommends boaters heed the safety advice of the Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting boater safety.

The Sea Tow Foundation is urging boaters to be safe this Memorial Day weekend through its second annual Designated Skipper Campaign.

Memorial Day is one of the busiest holidays on the water, often revered as the launch of the boating season.

Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known, according to a 2014 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics report, and it was listed as the leading factor in 21 percent of deaths.

The Designated Skipper Campaign's goal is to eliminate boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol-related accidents on the water while keeping boating fun for everyone.

 This year, the Sea Tow Foundation is providing the top three ways boaters can be safe this Memorial Day:

  1. Designate a sober skipper before leaving the dock. A designated skipper can take a pledge by visiting before boating this summer. Upon signing, designated skippers pledge to respect the legal drinking age, be responsible for the vessel and passengers, and be or designate a sober skipper.
  2. Know the rules of the water. Take a boating safety class before you leave the dock. Find one at
  3. Make sure there are enough life vests, and all passengers know where to find them, on the boat. Find a Life Jacket Loaner Station at



About Victory State Bank


VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at


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