ROCK (AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with the City of
North Little Rock, Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers and the Sea Tow Foundation, have opened a new Life
Jacket Loaner station at the Arkansas River Verizon Boat Ramp in North
location joins the more than 200 Life Jacket Loaner Stands already
established around the country by the Sea Tow Foundation. Located in
popular boating areas, these stands allow boaters to borrow a properly
fitting life jacket free of charge to take onboard with them.
The Sea Tow
Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Program is funded through donations, as
well as by a grant from the Sport Fish Resortation and Boating Trust
Fund, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Education Coordinator Bob Cushing said he expects the program to
benefit a lot of Arkansans. "While boating, wearing a U.S. Coast Guard
life jacket is the most important factor in preventing fatalities," he
As part of
the current grant, the Sea Tow Foundation accepted applications from
non-profit organizations and boating agencies around the country to host
a life jacket loaner program in their local areas. The AGFC and City of
NLR were accepted as one of the hosts. "We are happy that the Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission and the City of North Little Rock has joined
the growing list of Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands, which
have loaned out nearly 22,000 life jackets to recreational boaters at no
cost since 2008," said Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R.
Kulp. "Each of our life jacket loaner stands is stocked with life
jackets ranging in size from infant to adult so everyone can be safe on
information on the Life Jacket Loaner Program go to the Foundation's web
site at www.boatingsafety.com and on the Sea Tow Foundation's Facebook
page throughout the spring and summer.