GRDA Police offer life jacket tips for Memorial Day boaters

May 20, 2020

Headed to the lake for the Memorial Day holiday? If so, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department reminds you to always wear your life jacket and to boat safe, smart and sober.

As thousands are planning to return to the waters of Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the Illinois River for the Memorial Day holiday, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is reminding them to boat safe, smart and sober.

While the waters do remain open, officers will be enforcing Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s current “Safer At Home” executive order related to the COVID-19 situation. Enforcement will include asking boaters to maintain distance between individual boats on the water as well as monitoring docks, boat ramps and shore lines.

GRDA Police also strongly encourage all visitors to wear their life jackets on the water. According to the United States Coast Guard, drowning is the cause of three-fourths of all boating fatalities, and among those fatalities 85 percent of the victims were not wearing life jackets. GRDA is proud to join with the National Safe Boating Council to recognize May 16 – 22, as National Safe Boating Week and takes this opportunity to pass these important life jacket tips:

As for proper life jacket care, keep these tips in mind too:

If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance while on the water, the GRDA Police encourages you to dial 911. If you don’t have a cell phone available on your boat you can also radio for help on Marine Band 16. The department’s non-emergency number is (918) 256 0911.