Addition to boat ramp saving lives for free

Life Jackets

The Sea Tow foundation has supplied 15 life jackets that boaters in need can use free-of-charge.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Visitors near the Port St. Joe boat ramp may have noticed a curious new addition.

In the last week, a white wooden box full of life jackets of various sizes was erected and placed on-site.

The Life Jacket Loaner Stand has no locks and no price tags.

This is because the life jackets are free to use for boaters whose personal flotation devices are missing or damaged.Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and are asked to return them at the end of their trip for others to use.

The 15 brand-new life jackets, available in children, youth and adult sizes, were provided by Sea Tow Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a franchise in Port St. Joe.

The Foundation’s goal is to reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage related to recreational boating.

The life jackets were purchased through a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Sea Tow went before the Port St. Joe city commission and received approval for the loaner stand.

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