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"Wear It! Tennessee” Boat to Visiting Paris Landing State Park, Kentucky Lake

Thursday, August 02, 2012 | 04:06am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will bring its “Wear It! Tennessee” boat to Paris Landing State Park and Kentucky Lake, August 4-5. The “Wear It! Tennessee” campaign stresses the advantages of modern styles of life jackets and to always wear a life jacket while boating.

This year’s Wear It! crew will be distributing a limited number of life jackets to boaters they met on the water in this year’s visit to Kentucky Lake. The Wear It! crew will launch from the Paris Landing State Park Marina early Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday morning. Boaters must take a pledge to always where the life jacket upon receiving the personal floatation device

“We really had a good reception on our previously on our trip to Paris Landing and look forward to the visit this year,” said Betsy Woods, TWRA Boating Coordinator. “We welcome the opportunity to promote the use of life jackets and boating safety.”

Tennessee was the second targeted state for the Wear It! program by the National Safe Boating, joining the campaign in 2008.

Life jackets are considered the single best way to reduce recreational boating deaths, but only if boaters and anglers habitually wear them instead of simply carrying them on the boat. Recent statistics released by the U.S. Coast Guard, indicate close to 90 percent of boaters who drowned were not wearing life jackets.


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