For Immediate Release
Partnership to Provide Free Life Jackets to Local Boaters
Lake Shelbyville to Launch Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station
Shelbyville, IL- Through a partnership with boating safety nonprofit, the Sea Tow Foundation has announced the opening of a new Life Jacket Loaner Station, which is available at Lake Shelbyville.
The new Life Jacket Loaner Station is located at Dam West Recreation Area. The station holds life jackets that local boaters may borrow and use, free of charge. Available in sizes ranging from infant to Adult XL, these life jackets help to ensure each of a boat’s passengers have access to necessary safety equipment.
“We’re excited to partner with the Sea Tow Foundation to make this Life Jacket Loaner Station available to boaters in our area,” said Ashley Florey, Natural Resources Specialist. “This will help ensure boaters of all ages have enough proper-fitting life jackets, which will go a long way toward keeping people safe while they’re out enjoying beautiful Lake Shelbyville.”
Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed more than 40,000 life jackets to local businesses and organizations across the country. These stations are placed in locations where boaters will have easy access to the life jackets, such as boat ramps, marinas and parks. Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and are asked to return them when they are finished so that they are available for others to use.
“Offering a Life Jacket Loaner Station at the Dam West Recreation Area is a major achievement, and we are proud to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville to ensure the public’s access to these life jackets,” said Gail R. Kulp, the Sea Town Foundation’s executive director. “With such a strong boating culture, we know that these life jackets will save lives this boating season and for years to come.”
For additional information on the Sea Tow Foundation and to locate a Life Jacket Loaner Station near you, visit www.boatingsafety.com.