Life jacket loaner stations at Gulfport Harbor

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In honor of National Boating Safety Week, it is important those who hit the water remain careful.

The life jacket loaner stand, located at the Gulfport Harbor in Jones Park, ensures people on the Coast can have fun and stay safe.

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Chad Riemann from Riemann Funeral Homes used a sea tow grant to provide free life jacket rentals. You may use the life jackets at the Gulfport Harbor, just be sure to return the Jackets for others to use.

It is important to take advantage of the loaner stand, especially with Memorial Day coming up and people will be out in the water. “When thinking about being short a life jacket and if you get in bad weather in the summer time, we all know how storms can come up pretty quickly out in the Gulf. Rather than having to go home or ruin your day with your family you can just take the life jacket and be on your way.”

More than 80 percent of drowning victims were not wearing life vests when the accidents occur.