Tessa Ramsey leads project to put in new life jacket station

NAWILIWILI — Larry Richardson hopes the loaner life jacket station will save lives Saturday at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor launch ramp.

“Tessa Ramsey is no stranger to saving lives,” said Sea Scout commodore. “In 2015, she received the Boy Scouts of America Medal of Merit for her meritorious action in rescuing three boaters off the coast of Moloka‘i during the Sea Scout 2014 Summer Cruise.”

Richardson was speaking at the dedication of a new covered loaner life jacket station just off the launch ramp at the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor, adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Nawiliwili facility. The dedication is the culmination of Ramsey’s Sea Scouts Quartermaster project.

Ramsey is a junior at Kapaa High School and a senior member of the Sea Scout Ship Decisive. She got the idea of the loaner station after noticing the neglect of the current station.

Ramsey secured a grant from “Sea Tow Foundation” and the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation to acquire new life jackets, and grants from the Hawaii Youth Maritime Program for the materials. Labor was coordinated among 10 youth and adult volunteers who toiled alongside Ramsey during a rainy and cold November weekend.

“Coast Guard Station Kauai would like to congratulate Sea Scout Tessa Ramsey for taking this monumental approach to helping promote boating safety for the community of Kauai, and keeping everyone safe on the water,” said USCG Senior Chief Michael Winiarski. “This lifejacket loaning station is so important to the boating community, and the possible lives it can save.”

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