LIFE JACK­ETS

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR / BOATINGLAB -

The num­bers are sober­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Recre­ational Boat­ing Statis­tics pub­lished by the U.S. Coast Guard, 80 per­cent of boat­ing deaths are due to drown­ing, 83 per­cent of vic­tims were not wear­ing a life jacket, and two-thirds of drown­ing vic­tims are good swim­mers. While boat­ing deaths have been trend­ing down­ward, 701 peo­ple still died as a re­sult of boat­ing ac­ci­dents dur­ing 2016. Choos­ing to wear a life jacket is the best way en­sure fewer boat­ing deaths.

But which life jacket should you choose? There are an as­toundng ar­ray of styles and types of life jack­ets to choose from. To help you make the best se­lec­tion, we’ve tested these two highly wear­able ex­am­ples for your con­sid­er­a­tion.

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