Up­grade jack­ets at Old4New van

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice -

Lo­cal boat­ies will have the op­por­tu­nity to check and up­grade their life­jack­ets when Coast­guard’s Old4New life­jacket van re­turns to Bowen­town Boat­ing and Sport Fish­ing Club on De­cem­ber 19

(3pm-6pm) and again on De­cem­ber 28

(9am-12pm).

From De­cem­ber 1, the Old4New van is vis­it­ing pop­u­lar boat ramps and key lo­ca­tions all over the coun­try, giv­ing boat­ies the chance to bring in their old, dam­aged or out-of-date life­jack­ets for a great dis­count on brand-new, qual­ity Hutch­wilco life­jack­ets.

“Life­jack­ets save lives, but only if they are in good con­di­tion and of the cor­rect size,” said Waihi Beach Coast­guard spokesman Jim Poo­ley. “Ex­po­sure to sun­light and the harsh marine en­vi­ron­ment mean life­jack­ets are of­ten dam­aged or in poor con­di­tion. We are also con­cerned about peo­ple still us­ing kapok-filled life­jack­ets which are known to be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and we are ad­vis­ing peo­ple they should be de­stroyed. If you are un­sure about what type you have you can bring them along and the team will give you some ad­vice.”

Sue Tucker, Old4New Com­mu­nity Am­bas­sador, agreed. “Each year we have peo­ple come to the Old4New van with life­jack­ets that are 30, 40 and even 50 years old, New Zealan­ders need to be aware that life­jack­ets don’t last a life­time.

“Life­jack­ets, in­clud­ing in­flat­able ver­sions, need to be checked each year.. ”

Since the in­cep­tion of Old4New, more than 10,000 old or dam­aged life­jack­ets have been traded in and up­graded, .

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

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.wai­hibeach­coast­guard.co.nz.

Coast­guard’s Old4New life­jacket van re­turns on De­cem­ber 19 and 28.

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