Summer Means Time on Water, and Wearing PFD
Prince George, B.C. – This is National Fishing Week in Canada, and the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society-BC -Yukon Branch want to ensure anglers are wearing their life jackets before heading out on the water.
“National surveys show more than half the recreational boats sold in Canada are used for fishing on a regular basis,” says John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. “During National Fishing Week, the Canadian Safe Boating Council would like to remind all anglers not only to have their lifejacket onboard their boat, but to wear it as if their life depended on it – because it just might!”
Many boaters don’t wear life jackets or PFDs because they believe they are good swimmers and having the items on board the boat, within easy reach, is good enough. But the CSBC says having them stored under a seat or the bow won’t help if you fall overboard while trying to net a fish.
Stats show 80% of recreational boaters who drown each year in Canada, were not wearing a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).
“Fishing is a part of our Canadian fabric and an activity that’s easy to get hooked on,” says Gullick. “The CSBC is asking those who fish to ‘Get Hooked on Lifejackets’ too.”