Life jacket loaner kiosk opens on Lake Wylie

May 17, 2014 

Life jacket loaner kiosk opens

Duke Energy unveiled a life jacket loaner kiosk at Buster Boyd Access Area.

Duke Energy and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Wylie joined efforts to promote National Safe Boating Week, specifically focusing on the consistent use of life jackets.

The kiosk provides adult- and child-sized life jackets visitors can borrow free for a day on the water.

“My highest priority in this role is to protect our children and help keep them safe on the lake,” said John Brindle, commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Wylie. “Our hope is that this event will serve as a reminder for our friends and neighbors that drowning accidents happen each day, even right here in our communities.”

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, about 85 percent of those who drowned in 2012 were not wearing life jackets.

“The statistics are startling,” said Scott Jolley, project manager of public safety and recreation strategy at Duke Energy. “Participating in the life jacket loaner board program allows Duke Energy to partner with a variety of stakeholder organizations interested in providing both quality and safe recreation opportunities throughout the communities we serve in the Carolinas.”

Duke Energy has helped sponsor 11 life jacket loaner kiosks in the Carolinas and is looking for sponsors to help fund the construction of additional kiosks, along with donations for life jackets.

Marina hosts free movie nights

Lake Wylie Marina will host movie night July 18 and Aug. 15 at sunset to raise money and awareness for Saving Eliza’s story.

The movie is free, but donations will be accepted to help Eliza O’Neill, 4, of Columbia, who was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that attacks the brain. Money raised will send her for clinical trial at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Matt Sellhorst, Hall Marine employee, is cousin to the O’Neill family.

For more information about Eliza, visit SavingEliza.com. For more information about the marina, visit HallMarine.com.

Marine group meets monthly

Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The public is invited. For more information and meeting locations, visit lakewyliemarinecommission.com.

Lake info available on app

Duke Energy has made its lake information smartphone friendly.

The site can be accessed on a smartphone at m.duke-energy.com. The default menu shows an option for Lakes and Recreation.

Duke Energy’s lake information websites – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.

In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Scuba club dives into events

The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email carolinascubaadventure@gmail.com.

Dive team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers to join the team.

The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and searches for missing people.

Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit yorkcountyert.com to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.

Thursday night tourneys ongoing

Thursday Night Tournament Trail continues on Lake Wylie.

Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. at Buster Boyd Access Area. Blast-off is at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee costs $40 per boat.

For more information, visit lwtt.org.

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