- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A Clear Lake High School senior who founded a water safety initiative will be passing her life rings to a Clear Creek student.

After 16-year-old Jerrad Ramon drowned in Clear Lake in June 2011, Lainey Arians, then 14, raised more than $2,000 for life rings at City Beach, McIntosh Woods and State Park. She came up with the idea while vacationing with her family in Michigan, where life preservers were placed on piers after three teenagers drowned.

The Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1TmjOd3 ) reports that eight buoys are stationed on the Clear Lake beaches, while others have been donated for personal docks or remain in storage as replacements.

Now a high school senior, 18-year-old Arians is transferring the project to third-grader Mikara Devine. She is the daughter of Langdon and Laura Devine of Clear Lake.

“Her family goes to our church and we’re pretty close to them,” Arians said. “They’re community-orientated, so I decided to ask her.”

Nine-year-old Devine said she thinks the project is a “fun, cool opportunity.”

“I think it helps because it will help people if they’re in danger,” she said.

Laura Devine said she is “really excited Mikara is going to be taking over the project, which is a lot of responsibility.”

“We feel very proud of our 9-year-old daughter taking this on and are excited to support her,” she said.

Mikara will be responsible for maintaining the life rings, keeping them clean and replacing them when needed.

Arians said she is pleased the buoys have stayed where they need to be. She said she doesn’t know if any has been used in an actual rescue, but there have been no drownings since they were installed.

The flotation devices have 60 feet of rope attached and are stored in cases bearing the phrase, “In memory of those who died, in honor of those who tried to save them.”

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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