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Contact: Gloria Sandoval
((916) 651-5692
email: Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov

June 29, 2007

DBW To Give Away Life Jackets July 2

SACRAMENTO—Boaters are invited to participate in a life jacket giveaway beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, July 2 at Discovery Park. The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Good Day Sacramento will host the event to stress the importance of safe boating practices.

California statistics from 2006 show that 71 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. Most fatal boating accidents occur when individuals fall overboard or a vessel capsizes and most victims know how to swim but become incapacitated in the water.  Sometimes they are injured or unconscious. 

There are various reasons why boaters do not wear life jackets…the weather is too hot, they will mess up tan lines, or they are simply not comfortable. A variety of new inflatable life jackets are low profile and light weight.

Life jackets given away during the event are limited to one per family, while supplies last. Park entrance fee will be waived to those who participate.

There is no excuse not to wear a life jacket.  Boaters should keep the following life jacket laws in mind during this Forth of July holiday:

  • Children under 13 must wear a life jacket on boats under 26 feet in length unless in an enclosed cabin.
  • Anyone aboard a personal water craft or being towed behind a vessel on skis, tubes, or wakeboards must wear a life jacket.

Remember if it’s your boat, it’s your responsibility.

DBW promotes on-the-water safety and helps develop convenient public access to the waterways through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.

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