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Arizona Game and Fish Department hosting life jacket exchange

Posted at 11:12 AM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-17 20:23:53-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is participating a life jacket exchange at the Drowning Prevention Coalition's Water Safety Expo Saturday.

This event will be held at the Manzanita Pool, 5110 S. San Joaquin Avenue from 10 a.m. until noon.

The life jacket exchange program allows people to exchange their old worn out life jacket for a new one.

AZGFD says last year there were approximately 1,520 life jackets exchanged.

Regional Supervisor of Game and Fish in Tucson Raul Vega says life-saving jackets prevent against drowning and only work if they are operating condition.

The jackets were bought by Game and Fish with a U.S. Coast Guard grant.

State law requires anyone 12 years or younger to be wearing a life jacket while on board.

The jackets must be properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.

For more information about boating in Arizona or safety course, click here.