Mullinex Water Rescue adds third life jacket station |

Mullinex Water Rescue adds third life jacket station

The summer tourist season is in full swing in Grand County and our region’s lakes and waterways are seeing significant traffic from local recreators and visitors alike.

The seasonal influx means an increase in potential accidents and an increased need for safety equipment. To that end, the Christopher Mullinex Water Rescue Fund (CMWRF) has added another life jacket loaner station to the Three Lake Region. The new life jacket station is up and running on Grand Lake.

This last weekend the CMWRF formally installed their third life jacket loaner station in the Three Lakes Region; encompassing Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake and Granby Reservoir. The newest life jacket station was placed at the East Inlet Boat Launch on Grand Lake following the Buffalo BBQ Parade in Grand Lake on Sunday July 17.

The East Inlet Boat Launch Life Jacket Loaner Station is the third life jacket station established by the CMWRF. The organization has previously installed life jacket loaner stations at Gene Stover Lakefront Park in downtown Grand Lake and at Beacon Landing Marina on Granby Reservoir.

Dee Mullinex, who heads up the CMWRF, was touched by the support the CMWRF, and the life jacket loaner station program, has received.

“I have had people approach me and thank me for having them there,” Mullinex said. “I’m really excited about it. I know they have been there for people, even our local people.”

The CMWRF plans to continue developing life jacket loaner stations and hopes to expand the program throughout the area. “Our hope is that through the positive outcomes of these three stations the forest service will give their okay for the stations to be at other places on Lake Granby,” Mullinex said. “I believe that not too far in the near future they (life jacket loaner stations) will be everywhere.”

Most of the funding for the life jacket loaner stations has been provided by the Mullinex family themselves. Alpine Lumber donated the wood used to build the first station. Rick Mullinex, Dee’s husband, physically constructed all three stations. Mullinex thanked the Grand County Sheriff’s Office who has assisted with the program and provided signage for the stations.

As the program expands and loaner stations in Grand County increase in numbers Mullinex said she hopes other organizations will volunteer to oversee the maintenance and operation of specific stations, similar to the state’s Adopt-A-Highway-Litter-Patrol program.

The CMWRF is planning a “Steak Shoot” fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crooked Creek Trap Club just outside Granby on Saturday July 30. The fundraiser will feature shooting games, a silent auction and a shotgun raffle.

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