Lifejackets are an essential piece of safety kit whilst out on the water whatever activity you are taking part in. Whatever the weather or sea conditions our advice is always to wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device (PFD). Lifejackets are useless stored away in a bag, they need to be worn.
It was our pleasure to attend Margate Lifeboat Station on Saturday (12th October) to conduct a lifejacket clinic at the invitation of the Lifeboat Operation’s Manager (LOM) Mr Paul Hodson. Our team are always keen to undertake lifejacket clinic’s and this was no exception. As this is an invaluable way of helping sailors keep safe by carrying out a series of checks on their lifejackets and also passing on other maritime safey advice.
Amongst the lifejackets checked one revealed a loose cannister. For a lifejacket to effectively operate the cannister/cylinder must be hand tight and this jacket would not have operated correctly if the wearer had ended up in the water and needed it in an emergency situation. We also say to all people who attend our clinic’s that a strobe light is highly recommended, as well as a spray hood. A recent example of how effective a strobe light can be in an emergency was during a rescue off the Dover coast. The full account of this rescue is included here
We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to the Margate Lifeboat Operation’s Manager for inviting us to the station to carry out the clinic and to our team for giving up their time on Saturday.
Lifejacket inspections can be undertaken during an advice on board session, at a lifejacket clinic or on an ad-hoc basis when chatting at events. If you are interested in our team visiting you to check your lifejackets why not drop us an email: Andrew_Mills@RNLI.org.uk
An inspection by an RNLI Community Safety Advisor is not the equivalent of a lifejacket service. Lifejackets should be serviced by an approved service agent.
Aumber of our team enjoyed a great lifejacket familarisation session this evening (Thursday 27th Sept). Not only is it vital to refresh and revise knowledge about key lifesaving equipment, but there is always new developments to keep abreast of. One of the items which the team discussed was the successful rescue of a casualty off Dover who was wearing a lifejacket and a strobe light which was picked up by the HM Coastguard helicopter. More information on the rescue involving RNLI and HM Coastguard teams
The rescue footage is shown below in the twitter link
Thank you to everyone who attended. Our next free lifejacket clinic is taking place on Sat 12th October at Margate Lifeboat Station.
Lifejackets. They're called lifesaving for a reason. It's why this man was found by our Coastguard helicopter – look at that tiny light flashing in the midst of a stormy sea. As the crew said: 'Without that light, it's doubtful we would have found him. It saved his life.' pic.twitter.com/AAtGSgDU2o
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