Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is working to save lives on Arizona’s waterways by helping to prevent drownings at Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu with the installation of new Life Jacket Loaner Stations.
AZGFD staff will complete installation of the two newest stations Thursday at Windsor Beach State Park on Lake
While there, AZGFD will meet with the media at the south and north boat ramps to highlight the history of the program and its goal of protecting boaters and watercraft users from drowning.
Those needing a life jacket – for whatever reason – may borrow one from the station, head out onto the lake and return it before they leave. The safety of our water users is our utmost concern and we want to make sure people have as safe and fun an experience as possible.
The two new stations at Lake Havasu follow one other that was recently installed in partnership with the National Park Service at Katherine’s Landing on Lake Mohave. Stations have also been installed at Lake Pleasant north of Phoenix and others are planned for the fall.
The stations will hold jackets for infants, child/youth, adult and over-sized passengers. However, users are reminded to return the jackets once they are done with them.
Having life jackets not only provides immediate protection for the boater, but may save a boater from receiving a citation for not having their children in a life jacket. State law requires all passengers 12 years old and younger to wear a life jacket while on board and each passenger must have a properly fitting, Coast Guard-approved life jacket available. Anyone being towed by a boat or on a personal watercraft such as a Sea Doo or Jet Ski also must wear a life jacket.
Drowning is the most common cause of death in boating incidents. In 2013, six of nine boating-related fatalities in Arizona were due to drowning. Last year there were five boating-related drownings, according to AZGFD law enforcement figures.
For more information on boating in Arizona or to sign up for a safety course, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/boating/