Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is pleased to inform the public of a special partnership between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Beginning in July 2017, the Patrol’s Water Patrol Division worked closely with the Johnson Shut-Ins State Park to implement the Life Jacket Loaner Program. This program promotes water safety by offering the use of a life jacket to those visiting Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. When the swimmers finished using the life jacket, they returned it to a hanging rack for the next visitor. The Life Jacket Loaner Program received positive feedback from visitors and Johnson Shut-Ins State Park employees. It is expected the Life Jacket Loaner Program will operate at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park next year for the entire season.

“We are pleased to work with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to promote water safety,” said Colonel Karsten. “Life jackets save lives and this program is a great way to reinforce the importance of wearing one.”