“We know that life jackets save lives,” said Sea Tow Eastern CT Captain Wendy Sears. “Now boaters who begin and end their day on the water at the popular Fort Rachel Marina may borrow a jacket if they don’t have enough of their own onboard for all their passengers, or their child has outgrown his or her own PFD. We even have life jackets for dogs.”
Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed nearly 29,000 life jackets to boaters across the country. These life jackets are purchased through private donations as well as a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. They are distributed to local Sea Tow Captains and to nonprofit organizations that make them available to boaters free of charge. Many of the Sea Tow Foundation life jackets are offered to boaters through the popular Life Jacket Loaner Stands. These stands are placed in locations where boaters will have easy access to the life jackets, such as marinas and boat ramps. Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and are asked to return them at the end of the day so that they are available for others to use.
To date, Sea Tow Eastern CT has worked with the Sea Tow Foundation and other partners to open five Life Jacket Loaner Stands throughout their community.