Life Jacket Loaner Stations Installed In South Haven


Life jacket loaner stations have been installed at the north and south beaches in South Haven. The Rotary Club of South Haven presented a $1,640 check to the Bronson Wellness Center’s Safe Kids Greater South Haven water safety program this week to pay for the project. According to Safe Kids Greater South Haven, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in all children ages 1-4, and the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among those 19 and under. It says the availability of life jackets adds one layer of protection. According to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, 65 people have drowned in the Great Lakes in 2022, with 29 of those drownings in Lake Michigan. Two were in South Haven. The new life jacket loaner stations are near the playgrounds at the beaches. Anyone can borrow a life jacket when at the beach simply by taking one from the small wooden structures. Safe Kids Greater South Haven will replace any life jackets that go missing or are stolen.