Personal Floatation Devices required always, but especially as water rises

   As Barren River Lake rises with the Spring rains, it is as important as ever to wear personal floatation devices while enjoying the lake.
   Stumps and trash that were visable days ago are now hidden just below the surface. 
   Sand bars and rocks that were dry may now be covered. 
   Not only is it the safe thing to do, it is the law that requires personal floatation devices for all people onboard.
   According to 301 Kentucky Administrative Regulation 6:020, “For each person onboard a vessel, federal as well as state law requires a Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (PFD) on all boats. Boats 16 feet and over, except canoes and kayaks, must also carry one Type IV throwable PFD. Operators and passengers of personal watercraft must wear a PFD. Persons under 12 years of age must wear a PFD while in the open part of a boat that is under way.”
To be legal, PFDs must be:
• Coast Guard approved: A label with an approval number.
• All equipment on the PFD (straps, buckles, zippers, and stitching) must be in workable order and the fabric should not be rotted.
• PFDs must fit properly as determined by the label stating size and weight.
• All PFDs must be available for immediate use.

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