Marina One Donates 30 Life Jackets to Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale

Marina One Donates 30 Life Jackets to Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale

Local Donation Kicks Off Life Jacket Drive

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The owners of Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale and Daily Boat Rentals at Marina One want to see more families and boaters wearing life jackets while having fun on or in the water. To bring fun and safety to the shore, the company kicked off its Life Jacket Donation Drive to ensure life jackets are available for anyone to use for the day at no charge.

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In partnership with National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27, 2018) – a week tasked with raising awareness of the importance of safe boating – Marina One has added 30 life jackets for Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale to stock its Life Jacket Loaner Stations.

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“We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the water even if they don’t have all of the supplies and we enjoy giving back to the community,” said Joseph Dunsavage Jr., fleet manager with Daily Boat Rentals at Marina One. “When we realized that we had more life jackets than needed we knew it was a natural fit to donate them to Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale.”

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The captains with Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale have set up collection sites at all fire departments in Pompano, Sands Harbor Marina fuel dock and Marina One for the public to drop off their gently-used life jackets. The stands need 400 life jackets annually to keep up with demand.

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“Life jackets save lives and everyone should have one when they’re enjoying the water, especially in Florida,” said Michele Kerrigan, director of sales and marketing for Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale. “Everywhere you turn there are boaters enjoying the waters. That’s why we had the idea to set up loaner stands. Everyone can find a life jacket at the loaner stand to fit their needs and enjoy, then return it for someone else to use the next day.”

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The Life Jacket Loaner Station program is one of the Sea Tow Foundation’s keystone programs and has provided more than 35,000 life jackets around the country, free for anyone to use for the day.

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The loaner stands are perfect for boaters or swimmers who want to get in the water and realize they forgot to pack their life jackets, or for times when they are taking extra passengers at the last minute and do not have enough life jackets on board.

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According to the most recent Recreational Boating Statistics – released by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015 – about 76 percent of fatal boating accident victims in 2015 died from drowning, with 85 percent (where life jacket use was known) were not wearing a life jacket.

Written by  Michael Wesolowski

Sea Tow Foundation

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