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Plywood Boat Races

At Hidden Harbor Marina on Center Hill Lake, the annual Plywood Boat Race attracts a large and captive audience. And, as Annette Nole Hall tells us, it’s where officers from the Corps of Engineers and the TWRA find an interesting way to offer life saving advice.

The races are just part of a big barbecue cook-off and auction that raises money for the Jolly Angels, a charity that buys Christmas gifts for the children of soldiers at Ft. Campbell. To find out more about Jolly Angels, write to them at Jolly Angels, PO Box 4005, Smithville, TN, 37166.

Life-jackets are true life savers, but they won’t work if you don’t wear them. On 80 percent of boating accidents where the victim drowned, that person was not wearing a life-jacket. The TWRA reminds us that anyone 12 years of age or younger by law must wear a life-jacket anytime they’re in a boat. Remember, they float… you don’t. For great life-saving boating tips, visit this TWRA website link.

For more on life jacket use and regulations visit this link.

Of course water safety is important for anyone around a lake or river, whether you’re in a boat or not. Here are some water safety tips from the Corps of Engineers. From show 2511.