Promoting life jacket safety

From left to right, Ed and Ellen Simpson, Jack and Barbara McKinnon, Safety Mascot Zippit!, SCDNR Lt. Kim Leverich, George Theriault and Bonnie and Jake Kanoy promote the new Life Jacket Loaner Board.

The North Strand Sail and Power Squadron (NSSPS), a unit of the U.S. Power Squadrons, headquartered in Little River, is taking part in a joint effort to establish a new Life Jacket Loaner Board in Murrells Inlet.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 20 at the Murrells Inlet Boat Landing with many members of the community there to support the project. The loaner board was a joint effort of Brady Roberts for his Eagle Scout project, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron. 

Anyone who needs an extra life jacket before getting on the water can borrow one from the station. When finished for the day, the life jackets are returned to the loaner board and available for someone else to use. Research shows that most drownings could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a life jacket. 

The life jacket loaner station serves to increase the use of life jackets among the boating public, as well as educating people on the importance of proper use and fit of life jackets. The signage has instructions on how to properly fit a life jacket in both English and Spanish and educates all users of the boat ramp of the legal requirements for life jackets.

Members of NSSPS will keep the station stocked with life jackets of various sizes from infants to adults.  Commander George Theriault assisted with the cutting of the ribbon and many NSSPS members were on hand to celebrate the official opening of the new loaner station.

On Saturday, the North Strand Sail & Power Squadron is partnering with Waccamaw Outfitters to present their one-day Safe Boating Class in Downtown Conway at 1018 Third Ave. Register online at or for more information contact Jack McKinnon at (843) 488-3121 or

Anyone interested in boating is invited to consider taking a basic or advanced boating course, attending a meeting, requesting a free Vessel Safe Check or joining the Squadron. Call (843) 399-1342 for details or go online to


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Interesting blog I must say, the facts and information written here are accurate.

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