GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants people to know that boating safety rules apply to all water crafts, including paddleboards.
CPW says a man almost drowned at Ridgeway State Park last week, and was not wearing a life jacket when he fell off his paddleboard.
The department says paddleboards are considered vessels out on the water, and state law says kids must wear life jackets, even though adults don't have to.
"If you are over the age of 13, they are not required, however, wear it anyway. If you're 13 and under, children on board are supposed to wear them by law, if your older than that, you don't have to wear them, but it's a smart idea to wear them anyway. Just because you're not required to doesn't mean you shouldn't have them on," said Spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mike Porras.
CPW says lifejackets need to fit people properly, or else it's almost as bad as not having one at all.