Old4New cam­paign is all about keep­ing boat­ies safe

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming -

Lo­cal boat­ies will have the chance to check and up­grade their life­jack­ets this month, thanks to the Coast­guar­dos Old4New Life­jacket Up­grade cam­paign.

Since the 1 De­cem­ber, the Old4New van has been vis­it­ing key lo­ca­tions all over the coun­try, giv­ing boat­ies the op­por­tu­nity to bring in their old, dam­aged or out-of-date life­jack­ets for a great dis­count on brand new, qual­ity Hutch­wilco life­jack­ets.

Coast­guard CEO Pa­trick Holmes says, life­jack­ets save lives, but old life­jack­ets are no good in an emer­gency.

pLife­jack­ets that are over ten years old should be re­placed even if they look ok to the eye. Sea­wa­ter, sun and gen­eral wear and tear im­pact how ef­fec­tive they are and many old life­jack­ets wonot even float, which is a se­ri­ous con­cern in an emer­gency.

pWor­ry­ingly, there are still peo­ple us­ing life­jack­ets filled with kapok s a fluffy plant fi­bre sim­i­lar to cot­ton which can eas­ily ab­sorb wa­ter. These life­jack­ets are ex­tremely dan­ger­ous so if you have one, de­stroy it im­me­di­ately and re­place it with a new, modern one.q

Mr Holmes says the Old4New Life­jacket Up­grade cam­paign pro­vides an easy and ac­ces­si­ble way for peo­ple to check their life­jacket is up to scratch, and re­place them if they arenot.

pThe more old, dam­aged and dan­ger­ous life­jack­ets that are re­moved from the com­mu­nity the bet­ter. We are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery boatie who is un­sure about the qual­ity of their life­jacket to head to the Old4New van when itos in their area,q says Mr Holmes.

Since the in­cep­tion of the cam­paign, more than 10,000 old or dam­aged life­jack­ets have been traded in and up­graded, mean­ing thou­sands of Ki­wis are now safer on the wa­ter.

The Old4New Life­jacket Up­grade is de­liv­ered with gen­er­ous fund­ing from Mar­itime New Zealand and sup­port from the South­ern Trust in part­ner­ship with Kiwi com­pa­nies Hutch­wilco and the Gil­trap Group.

On Wed­nes­day 23 Jan­uary the Old4New van will be in the Dan­nevirke Do­main on High Street from 3pm-6pm.

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