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Posted on: July 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Life Jacket Loaner Program

Life Jacket Loaner Flash

Life jackets are available for loan at Chickahominy Riverfront Park and at the James City County Marina.

At Chickahominy Riverfront Park, the free jackets provided by US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 67 of Williamsburg are offered in partnership with the boating safety nonprofit, the Sea Tow Foundation. The loaner station is located at the Park Office with sizes ranging from infant to Adult XL. “We’re excited to partner with the Sea Tow Foundation to make this Life Jacket Loaner Station available to boaters in our area,” said Wes Batten, Flotilla member and grant applicant. Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed more than 40,000 life jackets to local businesses and organizations across the country. “The opening of this new Life Jacket Loaner Station is a major achievement, and we are proud to partner with James City County to ensure the public’s access to these life jackets,” said Gail R. Kulp, the Sea Town Foundation’s executive director. “With such a strong boating culture, we know that these life jackets will save lives this boating season and for years to come.”

At the James City County Marina, the free loaner jackets are available as part of a partnership with BoatUs, which recruits sites across the country to support the initiative. The Marina received a kit containing a variety of 12 life jackets - and the Marina offers two adult universals, four youth, four child and two infant-child sized jackets to lend. The non-profit BoatUs Foundation, funded by donations from its more than half-million members, replenishes the supply as wear and tear take its toll.

To borrow a jacket, just stop by the respective Park Office Front Desk during park operating hours. Chickahominy Riverfront Park is located at 1350 John Tyler Highway, for more information call 757-258-5020. The James City County Marina is located at 2054 Jamestown Road, for details call 757-565-3699.

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Veda McMullen, Senior Communications Specialist

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