Department of Fish and Wildlife
Life jacket event in Monticello to promote boating safety May 16
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky will join an international effort to set a world record for most life jackets worn and life jackets inflated. The event seeks to heighten awareness of the different types of life jackets available.
The effort, scheduled for May 16 at Conley Bottom Resort on Lake Cumberland, is part of the Ready, Set, Wear It! campaign sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council. This one-day event is part of the yearlong Wear It! campaign to promote boating safety and voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets.
“Keeping people safe on the water by reminding individuals to always wear a life jacket is our biggest goal with the ‘Ready, Set, Wear It!’ campaign,” said Zach Campbell, boating education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013. Eighty-four percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Ready, Set, Wear It! will usher in National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 16-22.
The local event will take place at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) May 16 at Conley Bottom Resort Marina in Monticello. While a limited number of life jackets will be available, participants are encouraged to bring their own.
Headlining the series is the “I Got Caught Wearing My Life Jacket and the Ready Set Wear It” event being held at the marina from 10 to 11:30 a.m., featuring various boating-related activities. All participants will be entered in a raffle to win prizes at the end of the event.
This family-friendly, free event is sponsored by Conley Bottom Marina, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and McDonald’s restaurants of Central and Southeastern Kentucky.
The first 50 people to show up will receive free McDonald’s food vouchers. Kids can also meet Ronald McDonald.
Last year, nearly 7,000 participants gathered at 175 events held around the world to set a new record for the number of participants who inflated their inflatable life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket.
For more information, go online to www.readysetwearit.com.