May 23, 2019

Mandate PFD use

I am moved to write due to another tragic boating accident near Dover-Foxcroft, in which four men set out in a 12-foot boat without wearing life jackets.

How sad these longtime friends were not wearing their personal flotation devices, or PFDs, which might have prevented two from drowning.

A 36-year-old Houlton native drowned last spring for the same reason.

Please, let us all convince our legislators in Augusta to mandate the wearing of PFDs when in a boat, canoe or other floating devices on our lakes and ponds. We must not lose another person because they were not wearing a life jacket.

Torrey Sylvester

New Limerick

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