THE RIGHT STUFF
While wearing a good PFD can save your life, equipping your device with a few added safety items can help rescuers find you, and shorten your time in the water.
D-rings on many PFDS allow you to attach a whistle on a short, coiled cord. A small, waterproof flashing LED light, such as the type used by runners and cyclists, can help search and rescue teams spot you at night.
Better yet, consider adding a compact personal locator beacon (PLB) such as those made by ACR, Ocean Signal or Mcmurdo, or a satellite messenger like the Spot. These compact, battery-powered devices transmit a signal with your precise GPS coordinates, allowing rescuers to easily locate you on even the darkest night.