Lifejacket van visits Patonga
The Old4New van visited Patonga on May 14 to exchange old lifejackets for new at a discounted price
The van was located at the Patonga Creek Boat Ramp and shared advice with the public about lifejackets and drowning prevention.
Trained staff provided advice on choosing the right lifejacket for your height, weight, ability and water activity, and tips on lifejacket care and service.
"This is Old4New's fourth season and the team is keen to get amongst the community to spread the word that there is a modern and comfortable lifejacket for everybody," said Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald.
"During this boating season, the van has visited around 160 towns and communities throughout NSW to not only offer upgraded lifejackets at a discounted price, but also to educate about lifejacket care and service.
"In NSW, it's the law to service your inflatable lifejacket once a year or in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions," Mr MacDonald said.
"Sadly, 11 lives were lost in recreational and commercial boating incidents on our waterways last year, highlighting the importance of safety for all water enthusiasts regardless of age and experience."
Media release, 9 May 2017
Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MP
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