Get rid of decaying lifejackets
OLD lifejackets’ crumbling foam and decaying webbing were 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.
The Old4Newprogram is being extended for another 12 months in the metropolitan area, allowing old, obsolete or damaged jackets to be traded in for 50 examples of the Ultra-model level 150 lifejacket suitable for offshore and general boating in all conditions.
“A lot of people will get an Epirb beacon or lifejacket as a Christmas present and it’s just shoved in its wrapping under a seat, but if it’s not accessible and people don’t know how to use it then it’s no use to anyone,” Water Police Senior Sergeant Noel Minnock said.
The level 150 lifejacket worn around the neck at all times, and inflated by a gas cylinder when needed, keeps people floating face-up in the water.
“Even if you are unconscious it’s going to keep you buoyant in the water,” Sgt Minnock said.
Noel Minnock andLaurie Adams.