Life Jackets Mandatory During Cold Weather

The National Park Service reminds everyone that may be out on the Upper Delaware River this fall or winter in a boat, canoe, or kayak that each person, regardless of age is required to wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (life jacket or PFD) during these cold weather months. This regulation is effective immediately through April 30, 2022.

“Life jackets can save lives and are a vital part of water safety. Wearing a properly fitting life jacket is important while participating in cold water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, or fishing,” said Superintendent, Joe Salvatore. Since 1980, there have been 74 drownings on the Upper Delaware River however nobody has ever drowned wearing a properly fitted life jacket. No matter the season, safety on the water is everyone’s responsibility!

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