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Free Loaner Lifejacket Program Begun At Park Beaches

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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This summer, the park established lifejacket loaner stations at Boulder Beach and Cottonwood Cove where visitors could borrow lifejackets for free that they could use during the day.

A recent study of fatality reports, dating back five years, showed that the number one cause of unintentional death in the park was drowning. This prompted a study to observe and record lifejacket use at the park.

Student volunteers from the University of Nevada/Las Vegas and Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy were trained in risk management and data collection. They recorded lifejacket use by visitors on boats, personal watercraft and on the shoreline. The results showed that only ten percent of all swimmers in the park wore a traditional lifejacket.

For further details on this project, click on the link below.



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