The Sea Tow Foundation announced in a statement that it received two new grants from the Coast Guard for 2021-22, and will continue a multiyear grant.
The grants, totaling $435,000, are administered by the Coast Guard through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and will be used to support the foundation’s life jacket loaner program and Sober Skipper campaign, and to create an electronic flare awareness and education program.
“Alcohol is the leading known contributor in fatal boating accidents, so our Sober Skipper campaign is aimed at preventing these tragedies by ensuring a sober skipper is appointed before every boating trip,” Gail R. Kulp, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation, said in a statement.
A grant will be used to help boaters understand how electronic visual distress signals work and that they meet Coast Guard carriage requirements when used in conjunction with a distress signal flag.
Grant funds also will be used to restock and repair life-jacket loaner stations and to maintain the foundation’s online map and database of loaner station locations. The application period for next summer’s loaner program opens Nov. 1 on the foundation’s website.