Event sets new life-jacket-wearing mark

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Boaters set another world record for inflatable life-jacket wear during the second annual "Ready, Set, Inflate!" event held on May 21, organizers said.

More than 99 events were held around the world and 1,685 people took part in setting a new world record for the number of participants who inflated their inflatable life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket.

The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, serves as the kickoff to National Safe Boating Week and aims to heighten awareness of inflatable life jackets and life jacket safety.

The previous world record was set during last year’s event, which tallied 1,154 participants.

“Our second annual ‘Ready, Set, Inflate!’ event was a tremendous success thanks to our partner, the Canadian Safe Boating Council, our corporate sponsors and the many boating safety educators and organizations that made this an event for the history books,” said Virgil Chambers, the council’s executive director, in a statement.