Local boaters will have a chance to get their life jackets inspected by professionals today and will be fitted with a new one if necessary.
The life jacket trade-in event sponsored by California State Parks and the Division of Boating and Waterways is for both children and adults. The event will provide education and other resources for safe boating and an activity book for children.
More than 3,150 boaters were reported injured to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2010 and 672 died, according to the press release. Most of the deaths were due to drowning, with 88 percent of victims not wearing life jackets.
Redwood National and State Park rangers want to get people to wear their life jackets any time when on the water, according to the press release. Unlike the old orange life jackets, the new jackets possess the same life-saving capabilities and are much more comfortable, making it more likely that adults and kids will keep them on.
The life jacket trade-in program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. near the boat ramp at the Crescent City Boat Harbor at 101 Citizens Dock Road in Crescent City. In case of rain, the trade-in will be held in the harbor district's meeting room.