June 23, 2018
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Cabela’s partners with IF&W on life jacket program

Photo Courtesy of Stearns
Photo Courtesy of Stearns
this is an example of an inflatable PFD. It is a Stearns Ultra 3000, Automatic, Inflatable Life Vest, PFD

SCARBOROUGH — Cabela’s has partnered with the Maine Warden Service for a new pilot program on Sebago Lake, and has donated 20 Type 5 inflatable Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) to the Warden Service. Maine Game Wardens will have these PFD’s on board their patrol vessels for violators to wear; PFD’s will be on loan to violators for the day.

In Maine, the inflatable PFD must be worn at all times to be considered a legal PFD; it cannot be simply stored on the vessel to be considered in use.

Boaters in violation will be given the option of receiving a ticket or wearing the loaner PFD for the remainder of the day in exchange for the information on their driver’s license. At the end of the day, they will return the loaner PFD to the warden service, and their driver’s license will be returned to them. They will also receive a discount coupon to purchase a PFD at Cabela’s.

This program is being instituted to educate the public on safe boating. The Maine Warden Service has never recovered a dead body from the bottom of the lake wearing a personal floatation device, simply put, PFD’s save lives.

For more information about Cabela’s partnership with the Maine Warden Service and the PFD program, call or email Greg Sirpis at Cabela’s in Scarborough at (207) 883-7451 greg.sirpis@cabelas.com






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