Inspector Kelusky and Constable Shantz of the North Bay Police Service joined Constable Miller of North Bay Ontario Provincial Police and campaign organizer Stan French of BAYSAR Search & Rescue for the launch of the third annual “Let’s see you wear your PFD!” awareness campaign. BAYSAR will be flying over the waters in our region on Saturday August 1st and Sunday 2nd to count how many boaters and passengers are wearing their personal floatation devices.
Lifejackets save lives. BAYSAR Search & Rescue’s goal in conducting the “Let’s see you wear your PFD!” survey is to make wearing your lifejacket while boating as common a practice as putting on your seatbelt while driving on our roads.
“BAYSAR prides itself in being able to get a crew in the air within an hour after being asked to assist in a search,” said Stan French, President, BAYSAR Search and Rescue. “However, finding someone in the water who needs help is not an easy task. It could take several hours before that person is found. Depending on the water temperature, strong swimmers may be able to survive in the water without the help of a lifejacket. What they may not realize is that lifejackets not only help you stay afloat. They are also highly visible from the air making our job as volunteer searchers much easier. Your chances of being found without a lifejacket are very slim.”