Coast Guard Auxiliary to Dedicate Life Jacket Boxes

 JUNEAU, Alaska – The Juneau Flotilla Coast Guard Auxiliary, Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Office, Princess Cruise Lines, State of Alaska Office of Boating Safety, and State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will be dedicating the first of six new life jacket boxes in support of the “Kids Don’t Float ” program at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Harris Harbor in Downtown Juneau.

During the ceremony the first of the aluminum boxes filled with all sizes of life jackets provided by the State of Alaska will be dedicated.

Michael Folkerts, head of the Alaska Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety office, said, “The Kids Don’t Float Program has proven to be very successful with 14 documented lives saved within Alaska. These boxes will ensure that the life jackets are available to the public.”

On hand for tomorrow’s ceremony will be Rear Adm. Arthur Brooks, commander Seventeenth Coast Guard District, representatives from Princess Cruise Lines, the Juneau harbor master, and representatives from above the mentioned organizations.

In addition to coordinating the distribution of life jackets across the state for boaters, the “Kid’s Don’t Float” program aims to educate young boaters on safe boating practices and water safety.

The “Kids Don’t Float” program has been educating boaters and providing life jackets since 1996.

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