Addition to boat ramp saving lives for free

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

By offering free life jackets that boaters can borrow if they find themselves short, Sea Tow is building public awareness to an ongoing problem.

Florida law requires that each person on board a boat have a properly-fitting life vest readily accessible and children under six must wear a life jackets at all times.

In federal waters, children up to 13 are required to wear a life vest.

“Our Sea Tow captains never leave the dock without wearing a personal flotation device, but we see just how few other people wear them out on the water,” said Captain Dennis Douglas of Sea Tow.

“By making it free and easy to borrow a PFD for the day, we think people will make sure they have enough properly fitting life jackets before they go out.”

Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed nearly 15,000 life jackets to boaters across the country. 

In addition to use by recreational boaters, the Sea Tow Foundation life jackets have been utilized for towing and marine assistance operations, at boat shows, boat parades, fishing tournaments and water cleanup events.

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