Marshfield: Anniversary of tragic boating accident, family tries to pass lifejacket law

Monday marks the one-year anniversary Zac Woods from Marshfield went missing, before divers found his body two weeks into the search.

His mother, Leanne, believes the current lifejacket law needs to be improved, “Right now the law is fourteen and under you need to wear a lifejacket.”

But she hopes to pass a new law that requires anyone on a moving boat to wear a lifejacket at all times so no family has to endure the stress she and her husband did.

“A lifejacket is not necessarily going to save a life. It gives a huge percentage of a chance it will but if for some reason it doesn’t or it can’t, the recovery is–you will find that person; you won’t wait two weeks of hell waiting and not knowing,” said Woods

Though there isn’t a required number of signatures to pass a state law, she says more than 400 signatures have been collected, and their goal is 1,000.

Woods said they’re hoping to gain attention through a small clothing line that includes shirts, sweatshirts, and hats with Zac’s personal signature, “He always wanted to be famous for a shirt. I don’t know how famous it’s going to be, but it makes us feel good that his name is out there and a lot of people want it.”

All proceeds go to the Steven ‘Zac’ Woods Scholarship fund.

The next step, according to Zac’s mother, is to get the support of Marshfield Selectmen as well as state representatives and senators to push their petition through the State House.


(Brian and Leanne Woods wearing ‘Z Woods Apparel’)



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