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.
The aim of the lifejacket clinic is to undertake anumber of safety checks that will give the sailor or water activity enthusiast the piece of mind that if they or a member of their crew does find themselves in the water that the jacket will inflate. So that Community Safety Advisors can undertake lifejacket checks they all attend a qualifying lifejacket clinic course at Poole HQ.
The team checked thirty lifejackets intotal, with nineteen failures and four being condemned.
John Homer commented “a great first clinic for Gravesend. We really enjoyed talking with Erith Yacht Club members and we hope that they found the session beneficial. We urge all sailors and boaters to check their lifejackets on a regular basis and to get them serviced by an approved service agent”.
Our next lifejacket clinic is taking place at Margate Lifeboat Station on Sat 12th October. Why not pop along and get your lifejacket checked for free and plenty of maritime safety advice available.
**Please note that an Inspection by an RNLI Community Safety Advisor is not the equivalent of a lifejacket service by an approved lifejacket service agent**.
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