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A PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR BOATING VALENTINE?

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THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO GET YOUR VALENTINE THAT IS NOT ONLY THOUGHTFUL, BUT COULD SAVE THEIR LIFE? THINK ABOUT A LIGHT WEIGHT INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET. ABOVE ANDY ERNST WEARS A MUSTANG INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET.

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A PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR BOATING VALENTINE?

 It won’t be long before the cold damp days of winter turn into warm sunny days.  If you are thinking about what to get your Valentine that is not only thoughtful, but could save their life, think about a light weight inflatable life jacket.

“A light weight life jacket is more likely to be worn by your Valentine, stated Ed Hind, Commander of United States Auxiliary Flotilla 33. “It is not constraining, bulky or hot and it is easy to wear.”

While you’re at it, purchase a bright colored life jacket.  Whenever you see an Auxiliary patrol, you will notice that all members are wearing bright color life jackets. Imagine a person out on their boat alone falling overboard. Wind and current can move the boat away pretty quickly. As you can see when you are crossing the Norris Bridge, there is a lot of water out there. About the only thing showing in the water is a person’s head. So can you imagine looking for something about the size of a pumpkin that is wearing a dark life jacket?

Rita Theisen, a member of Flotilla 33 commented that it is even worse at night.  “Boaters tend to wear dark colored life jackets, if they wear one at all. We recommend that all boaters wear reflective tape on the shoulders of their life jackets, no matter what the color is.” 

Flotilla 33 members have tested different safety equipment at night including water activated lights, strobe lights and reflective tape. “Lights are great,” said Amy Thomas. “However, they could be hidden by a person’s body from a rescue boat and they really can’t be seen at any great distance at night.  However, when we are looking with a search light the reflective tape on a life jacket can be seen a mile and a half away. It lights up even if the search light is not directly on them.” 

So, show your Valentine how much you care and give them a lasting gift.  Remember, the life you save may not be your own.

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE

 

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