Update your lifejackets
OLD lifejackets’ crumbling foam and decaying webbing have been found during a Department of Transport exchange program for the devices supposed to keep people alive during emergencies at sea.
“We are finding some extremely scary-looking jackets being carried by some vessels,” Department of Transport safety education manager Laurie Adams said.
Mr Adams found 30 jackets on one boat with deteriorated foam and webbing, before the owners got new devices during a visit by the Old4Newprogram to Broome six weeks ago.
The program is being extended for another 12 months, allowing old, obsolete or damaged jackets to be traded in for 50 examples of the Ultra-model level 150 lifejacket.