DNREC announces free Life Jacket Loaner Program


BLADES, Del. – DNREC is hoping it’s latest partnership encourages people to wear life jackets more often, by making them more accessible.

DNREC has partnered with the Sea Tow Foundation, a boating safety nonprofit, to launch a Life Jacket Loaner Program. The program allows anyone using a boat in Delaware to pick up a life jacket from a Natural Resources Police Officer. The officers will have life jackets on their patrol boats in sizes Infant to Adult XL.

Local marinas, like Nanticoke River Marina in Blades, will serve as drop off locations in order to make sure everyone stays safe while they’re out on the water.

“Life jackets save lives. A lot of people think they are good swimmers and don’t need them. But if something happens and you get thrown out of the boat and get knocked out, a life preserver will keep your head out of the water and keep you from drowning,” says Ed Cranston, dockmaster at Nanticoke River Marina in Blades.

In case you didn’t know, by law in Delaware it is required to have a life jacket for every person on the boat when you’re out on the water. Kids, 12 years old and younger, have to be wearing a life jacket at all times while they’re on a boat.

The following local businesses and organizations have also partnered with DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police to serve as drop off locations to return the life jackets:

For more information about the Life Jacket Loaner Program or boating safety in Delaware: click here.

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