Sea Tow launches life jacket program

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. — The Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety is providing more than 2,500 life jackets to Sea Tow franchises nationwide for use during on-water service calls, the company reported this week. The launch of the High-Risk Life Jacket Program coincides with National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22.

“Many boaters are diligent in their efforts to keep children and adult guests safe while aboard but become complacent about safeguarding their own safety as their experience and confidence in boating increases,” the foundation's executive director, Michelle Zaloom, said in a release. “We want to help ensure the safety of all boaters assisted by Sea Tow this season by providing life jackets to those who need them during tows and educating them on the importance of life jacket use by all boaters.”

The High-Risk Life Jacket Program will also work to educate recreational boaters on the risks associated with boating without life jackets. In addition, the Sea Tow Foundation says it plans to expand the program to encompass community loaner programs in cooperation with local marinas, yacht clubs, fuel docks and other organizations.

The life jacket program was made possible through the support of the Sport Fish Recreation Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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