Life Jacket Loaner Program At Tulsa Area Lakes

Wednesday, May 31st 2006, 6:01 am
By: News On 6

Five drownings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend remind us of the importance of life jackets on state lakes.

A loaner program provides life jackets for those who use the lakes. It's called the Brittany Project. It was started by a mom whose 4-year-old daughter drowned in 1999.

The 19 Army Corps of Engineers operated lakes in Oklahoma and many state park lakes have life jackets available at gate houses and kiosks.

Boaters and swimmers can borrow the life vests at no charge. Park ranger Tim Crossman: "We want people to come out, have a nice safe time on the lake and come back again in the future."

Park rangers say the program is very successful in Oklahoma and is being considered nationwide.