Sea Tow Foundation Life Jackets are Saving Lives

Sea Tow Foundation Life Jackets are Saving Lives

While there are many ingredients to the recipe for having fun out on your favorite waters, perhaps the most important is safety. After all, fun is nearly impossible if lives are in danger.

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Our Life Jacket Loaner, Sober Skipper, Beacon Rental and Vest Friends programs help educate the boating public on the importance of safety, and reports from around the United States are showing our Life Jacket Loaner Stations are helping save lives on waterways both near and far.

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While sifting through annual reports submitted by our partners on the ground, we discovered several of the station hosts reported instances of Sea Tow Foundation life jackets helping to save lives on their local waters, and we couldn’t be more proud of the effectiveness these stations are having in communities all over the country.

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“When we started sorting through the reports, we were blown away at how many instances our hosts were reporting where our life jackets helped save lives,” said our executive director, Gail R. Kulp. “We’ve been working hard to get these stations set up on popular waterways all throughout the country, so being able to see that it’s making a difference in these local communities is so incredibly rewarding.”

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On Virginia’s John H. Kerr Reservoir, an overturned kayak left a boater helpless until local park rangers were able to toss him a Foundation life jacket before he was pulled back to shore.

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Halfway across the country at Colorado’s Jackson Lake State Park, rangers responded to reports of a capsized vessel with all of its passengers thrown overboard. Once they arrived on-scene, they found each of the boat’s occupants wearing the distinctive yellow Sea Tow Foundation life jackets.

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“If even a single life was able to be saved because of our Life Jacket Loaner Stations, all of the funding from the U.S. Coast Guard and the hard work we’ve put into the program would be worth it,” Gail added, “but to know that entire families are now safe because of this program takes it to a whole new level. It really validates everything we’ve done since the program was first launched a decade ago.”

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Perhaps the most notable tidbit from the Foundation’s reporting comes from 35 miles northwest of Atlanta at Georgia’s Allatoona Lake. For the first time in decades, government officials reported that the lake – which hosts more than 6.5 million visitors each year – did not witness a single boating-related fatality on its waters.

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“Even if it’s impossible to prove our stations were directly responsible for the lack of loss of life on Allatoona Lake, we do know they have been used as an important learning tool for boaters of all ages around the lake,” Gail concluded. “Just being a piece in the boating safety puzzle makes it all worth it.”

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To learn more about our Life Jacket Loaner Program or to find a Station near you, visit www.boatingsafety.com.

 

Written by  Gail Kulp

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