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342FW: [MassHM] Lifejacket Loaner Program Accepting applications until Feb 21

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    Jan 31, 2005
      Officer Patrick Johnston
      Everett Police - Marine Unit
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Joe Gibbs [mailto:jgibbs@...]
      Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 9:17 AM
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      Subject: [MassHM] Lifejacket Loaner Program Accepting applications until Feb 21

      BoatU.S. Life Jacket Loaner Program
      Welcomes New Marinas, Boat Clubs
      Deadline February 21, 2005

      Now through February 21, 2005, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water is looking for new locations to become lending sites for its free Life Jacket Loaner Program.  The program loans out children's life jackets - from readily accessible sites such as marinas, boat clubs and other waterfront businesses - to boaters who have a temporary need for a kid's life jacket for the day or weekend.  There is no cost to become a loaner site.

      Presently, over 328 clubs and businesses participate as Life Jacket Loaner Program sites, which have loaned out life jackets over 50,000 times since the program began in 1997. The loaner life jackets come in kits of 12 jackets in a protective container, signage and easy-to-use sign-out sheets to track usage.  Three sizes are included for kids up to 90 pounds.

      Ruth Wood, President of the BoatU.S. Foundation said, "Each year, we are excited to see this program grow - it means we are successfully educating boaters about the importance of life jackets and saving lives."

      To download an application to become a Life Jacket Loaner Program site or for more information on the laws in your state, please visit http://www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/LJLP   Applications that have been approved will be announced in spring 2005.

      The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily funded by the voluntary contributions of 575,000 members of BoatU.S., the nation's largest recreational boat owners association. The Foundation has more than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the "Help Stop the Drops" clean fueling campaign, and grants for nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects.
      Peter J. Urgola
      Chief, Vessel Examination Dept.
      USCG Auxiliary

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