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Group giving out free life jackets to raise awareness about water safety

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Eleven people have died on Tennessee waters this year, and in many of the cases, the victims were not wearing life jackets. After several deadly incidents on the water, one group is stepping up to try to keep it from happening again.

Wear It Tennessee hits lakes in the Midstate asking people to wear life jackets on the water and even gives away these lightweight lifesavers for free.

Dina Dickens and her father were fishing Wednesday near the spot where a 74-year-old man fell out of his boat and died.

Even though they knew about that death, when the lines go out on the Dickens' boat, the life jackets come off.

"Every time we're driving I put it on, but I'll take it off a lot when I'm fishing," she said.

After signing a pledge with Wear It Tennessee, Dickens and her dad promised to keep it safe and wear their life vests the entire time they're on their boat.

"I am, you can come out and check on me," Dickens said.

That's all it really takes: Just give them your word and they will give you a life vest.

Wear It Tennessee, which is affiliated with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, will be out every week of the summer to promote water safety.

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