Wear a life­jacket from ship to shore

Yachting Monthly - - NEWS -

Sailors are be­ing re­minded to wear their life­jack­ets, even when us­ing a ten­der to get to shore.

It comes af­ter the Ca­su­alty Re­view Panel, which is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the boating and fish­ing sec­tors, re­vealed that 13 out of the 27 peo­ple who died around the Bri­tish coast in 2017 might have sur­vived if they had worn a life­jacket. Three of the fa­tal­i­ties were sailors: two of whom had been trav­el­ling from be­tween their yacht and the shore at the time. All three of the sailors who died in 2017 had been drink­ing al­co­hol.

The panel, which in­cludes the RYA, Ma­rine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch and the UK Coast­guard, said many har­bours pro­vide life­jacket lock­ers and it urged boaters to use them. It also stressed the im­por­tance of car­ry­ing a VHF ra­dio to con­tact the Coast­guard in case of an emer­gency, as well as the ben­e­fits of wear­ing a PLB or EPIRB.

Life­jack­ets are rec­om­mended when us­ing a ten­der

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