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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mississippians Urged to Wear Life Jacket as Part of Safe, Responsible Boating

JACKSON- As the weather warms up, families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors on the water - boating, fishing, jet skiing, and more. It is important to remember the safety precautions to take during all of these recreational water activities.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) urges Mississippians to practice safe and responsible boating, including the practice of always wearing a life jacket, and being alert and aware while on the water.

To kick off the boating season and their annual "Life jackets: They float, you don't" awareness campaign, the MDWFP is participating in National Boating Safety Week (May 20-24).  During this week, MDWFP employees will be wearing life jacket safety buttons to show their support for life jacket awareness and safe boating. 

Also during boating season, Conservation Officers, while on patrol, will reward youth 12 years of age and under who are wearing a properly fitted U. S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while on the water. In addition, youth will receive a pass to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

For more water safety tips or to register for a boater education course, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. 


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