FREE LIFE JACKET LOANER PROGRAM LAUNCHES TUESDAY
Ft. Myers, Fla.-Free life jackets for boating children become available 10
a.m. Tuesday, January 13 at KC’s Riverstop Gas Dock within the Cape
Coral Yacht Club Community Park for the first time through a Boat US
Foundation grant and community partnerships.
The program launch will include directions on how to borrow a life jacket
and a demonstration of properly fitting a life jacket to a child boater. If a
boating family discovers they don’t have enough properly-fitting
children’s life jackets on board, they simply stop by the gas dock and sign
out an infant, child, youth or adult sized life jacket and return it at the end
of their boating day or weekend.
The US Coast Guard estimates 98 percent of all boating fatalities could be
avoided if the victims had been wearing life jackets. The Lee County
Division of Public Safety received the Life Jacket Loaner Program grant to
encourage life jacket usage among all children and adults and estimates
it will make hundreds of children safer throughout the year. Lee is sixth in
the state for boating accidents.
KC’s Riverstop will become one of 350 Boat US Foundation Life jacket
Loaner sites across the nation that have loaned life jackets more than
Locally the program is sponsored by the South West Florida Drowning
Prevention Committee. Partners include Lee County Public Safety, Lee
County Parks and Recreation, Cape Coral Parks and Recreation, Cape
Coral Police Department, West Marine and the Lee County Sheriff’s
Marine Unit to help boaters improve passenger safety by loaning a
properly fitting life jacket for the day or weekend.