New GPS life vest law protects offshore workers traveling to Gulf rigs

A new state law mandating that workers flying to Gulf of Mexico oil rigs wear life jackets with personal locator beacons went into effect Jan. 1, reports KATC News.

The vests will have satellite synced devices that can send a distress signal to rescue agencies. The new law comes on the heels of recent accidents in the Gulf.

Mike Moncla, president of the Louisiana Gas and Oil Association, says the new law will help give peace of mind to the industry and families. “You can at least find them now and hopefully in a timely matter and save their lives, so it was something we felt we needed to get behind and especially for our service industry based here in South Louisiana,” Moncla says. Read more.