Safety program aims to put life jackets on youngsters Two local marinas join foundation to help save lives

August 25, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore marinas and the BOAT/U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety have begun a pilot program aimed at helping to save the lives of children who go boating.

Working with the foundation, Baltimore Marine Center and Old Bay Marina will lend life jackets to children 12 and under in an effort to promote the use of life jackets and to ensure that children are fitted with the correct size of flotation device.

Last year the Coast Guard changed life jacket requirements for recreational boats under 16 feet to require a wearable life jacket for each person on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that boaters 12 and younger wear their life jackets while on the open deck of a boat, especially on boats under 26 feet. Boats under 26 feet make up some 90 percent of boats registered in the country, according to BOAT/U.S.

The program is a pilot for a national effort next year.

Whitbread update

The field for the Whitbread Round the World race, which will sail into Baltimore in April 1998, has grown to 41, with just over a year to go before the race starts in England.

The entry list represents 17 countries and includes two women's teams -- one headed by supermodel Elle Macpherson of Australia.

Refuge permits

Permit applications for waterfowl impoundment hunts at the Deal Island and Fairmount wildlife management areas are available at Department of Natural Resources regional wildlife offices.

Applications also are available by writing Impoundment Hunt, Wellington WMA, 32733 Dublin Road, Princess Anne, Md. 21853. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Fax requests may be sent to (410) 219-8260.

Completed applications must be received in the Wellington office by 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

Waterfowl grant

The Waterfowl Festival of Easton has awarded $5,500 to the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum to be used for the museum's research library project. The museum library, started more than a year ago, has a substantial collection of books covering decoys and birds but wants to expand. The grant is earmarked for establishing a collection of children's books that maintain the theme of the museum.

The library is available for public use Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pub Date: 8/25/96

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