Group teaches boating safety to youths

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Hollis Yetman (left), vice-president of the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association Inc., Ashley Taylor, association director, and Hector Lethbridge as PUKTA, help teach children at Peacock Primary School the importance of wearing lifejackets.

Members of the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association Inc., along with Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Bear “PUKTA,” visited Peacock Primary School in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on May 1 to deliver a very important message to students.

Boating season is fast approaching and the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association will be promoting boat safety this summer, and they are starting with the children.

Hollis Yetman, vice-president of the association, is stressing the importance of wearing a lifejacket while on the water.

“Whether you are in a motorized boat, canoe, kayak, or any watercraft, people need to be reminded that safety comes first,” said Yetman. “It was also reassuring to hear that many of the children already know what a lifejacket is and nearly all wear their lifejackets when on the water.”

Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Bear, PUKTA, was helping to deliver the message by wearing his own custom lifejacket and passing out his boating safety activity books and ice cream to all of the children.

Organizations: Transport Canada, Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association, Peacock Primary School

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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