Get rid of de­cay­ing life­jack­ets

Midland Reporter - - News -

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.

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