AZBW NEWS SERVICE — Free children’s life jacket
loaner sites have been established at two Arizona lakes.
sites at Pleasant Harbor Marina on Lake Pleasant and Tempe Town Lake
are among 45 new loaner sites established this year by the BoatU.S.
Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.
Some 400 locations nationwide provide a way for parents to borrow
a properly sized children’s life jacket at launch ramps, marinas and
Since its inception nine years ago, BoatU.S. said, the program
has saved the lives of at least three children. It is estimated that
life jackets from the loaner sites are loaned out more than 50,000
times a year.
"Having life jackets for everyone aboard means having a life
jacket that fits everyone," said Chris Edmonston, director of
boating safety for the foundation.
"An oversized vest can easily slip off over a child’s head, so
that’s where we can help boaters with our loaner program.
"We make it easy by bringing children’s life jackets right to the
waterfront where boaters need them, and they are absolutely free,"
Edmonston said. "Once the family is done enjoying the water, they
simply return the jacket."
Each loaner site is provided with a kit of 12 life jackets — a
selection of infant, child, and youth jacket sizes and a protective
Loaner sites nationwide are posted on the BoatU.S. Foundation’s
life jacket loaner site at