For the 4th year in a row BAYSAR Search and Rescue will have an added duty over the August long weekend.
President Stan French says they’ll be working with North Bay Police and OPP and count the number of people wearing life jackets or Personal Floatation Devices.
He says there has been improvement by 13 per cent.
He says the survey is conducted on Lake Nipissing, Trout Lake and Lake Nosbonsing as well.
He says the numbers go up to 25 per cent improvement when the waves do as people react to the conditions.
Still he says there’s room for improvement in getting people to put on a life jacket automatically. He says people still aren’t getting down to the routine of automatically putting their life jackets on.
BAYSAR also offers a flight to the first person OPP officers encounter while on patrol during the weekend who is wearing a PFD or life jacket.