Sea Tow Foundation adds life-jacket loaner stands

Safe Boating Week starts Saturday and continues through May 26.

The Sea Tow Foundation said it is working with 22 organizations around the country to launch 14 new life jacket loaner stands and replenish eight established loaner stands in 16 states to mark Safe Boating Week.

The foundation said the new and replenished loaner stands will make 1,188 life jackets available to adults and children to use for the day at no charge.

Safe Boating Week starts Saturday and continues through May 26.

The foundation said its loaner stand program has provided more than 40,500 life jackets throughout the country free for anyone to use for the day through more than 400 sites.

“Life jackets can save lives and everyone should have one when they’re on or in the water. That’s why we’ve set up this loaner stand and hundreds more like it across the country,” Sea Tow Foundation executive director Michael Wesolowski said in a statement.

“Everyone can find a life jacket at the loaner stand that fits that they can wear for their day on the water, then return it for someone else to use the next day. There are even sizes to fit infants and children.”

The loaner stand program is funded through donations and a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, which the Coast Guard administers.

The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of loaner stands in areas where there have been high incidents of drowning.