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#1 Rascal

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:32 PM

Looks like a good job by the RNLI and Wexford Harbour Boat Club who raised the alarm and assisted, but the incident shows that issuing equipment and not demonstrating how to use it is a dangerous practice. If someone is given a life jacket but doesn't know to pull the string, they don't have a lifejacket.





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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:50 PM

er auto-inflate! Hydrostatic or tablet working? String cord only a backup on an auto inflate taking auto to mean once it hits water.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:33 PM

They were not put on properly. A life jacket only works when the wearer puts it on correctly. The waist belt should be tight and the crouch strap should be fitted and adjusted correctly. I have seen plenty life jackets put on upside down and back to front. Also, it may say auto, but if the salt tablet bobbin is not fitted correctly or missing its a manual jacket. I have come across many life jackets with out of date bobbins and Co2 cartridges not fitted correctly (tightened). If you issue a bit of equipment ie a life jacket, you must instruct the wearer how to put it on and fit it correctly, what it does and what to do if it doesn't do what it is suppose to do. Also, the jacket must be serviced annually for commercial users and every two years for leisure users.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:19 PM

They were not put on properly. A life jacket only works when the wearer puts it on correctly. The waist belt should be tight and the crouch strap should be fitted and adjusted correctly. I have seen plenty life jackets put on upside down and back to front. Also, it may say auto, but if the salt tablet bobbin is not fitted correctly or missing its a manual jacket. I have come across many life jackets with out of date bobbins and Co2 cartridges not fitted correctly (tightened). If you issue a bit of equipment ie a life jacket, you must instruct the wearer how to put it on and fit it correctly, what it does and what to do if it doesn't do what it is suppose to do. Also, the jacket must be serviced annually for commercial users and every two years for leisure users.


Just like ours are ;)

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:33 PM


Just like ours are ;)


I think we're moving the right direction.........slowly.......




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