Let's see you wear your PFD!

Let’s see you wear your PFD!

It’s a 24.5% improvement over last year! BAYSAR releases results of lifejacket survey

BAYSAR_LetsSeeYouWearYourPFD

In keeping with the annual “Let’s see you wear your PFD!” campaign, BAYSAR Search & Rescue floatplanes flew over Lake Nipissing, Trout Lake, Turtle Lake, Lake Talon and Lake Nosbonsing on Saturday August 1st to count the number of people who were wearing their lifejackets while boating. Results of the survey show a 13% improvement when compared to the last time the survey was done with similar wave conditions in 2013 and a 24.5% improvement over last year when the winds were light and the water was calm.

“Let’s see you wear your PFD!” 2015 Survey Results

Wave conditions: 2015 – “moderate chop;” 2014 – “calm;” 30 June 2013 – “calm;” 1 July 2013 – “moderate to high chop.”

Type of Vessel

Total number of people spotted in vessel

Number of people wearing PFD

% wearing PFD

Canoe or Kayak

14

11

79%

Personal Water Craft (PWC)

4

4

100%

Sailboat

6

4

67%

Open power boat

185

61

33%

Cabin cruiser or pontoon power boat

18

7

39%

Total 2015

Total 2014

Total 30 June 2013

Total 1 July 2013

229

439

298

198

87

80

48

54

38%

18%

16%

27%

Total (without canoe, kayak, or PWC)

Total 2015

Total 2014

Total 30 June 2013

Total 1 July 2013

211

381

252

166

72

36

23

35

34%

9.5%

9.0%

21%

“Because this survey is not scientific it is not possible to say we are seeing a trend,” said Stan French of BAYSAR Search & Rescue. “However, I would call these results encouraging. Our combined efforts with the North Bay O.P.P. and the North Bay Police Service to build awareness on the importance of wearing a lifejacket while boating may not be fully responsible for this improvement, but we do believe this campaign is worthy of our commitment and we do plan to do it again next year. We thank the media for helping us promote our water safety message — wearing lifejackets saves lives.”

New this year!

BAYSAR_winner

This year, while patrolling the waters, Cst. Marvin Miller, North Bay Ontario Provincial Police, rewarded a lifejacket wearer with a BAYSAR flight. Ms. Carolyn Deloyde, pictured above with Cst. Miller, has tentatively scheduled her “Let’s see you wear your PFD!” promotional flight for this evening, Wednesday, August 5th at 5 p.m., subject to weather conditions.