RNLI Lifejacket clinic raises concerns in Ramsgate
On Sunday 4th March RNLI Community Safety Volunteer Andy Mills held a life jacket clinic hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate.
With the sailing season fast approaching, the local community was invited to attend a free RNLI lifejacket clinic arranged by Andy Mills.
It was a well attended event with many sailors taking the opportunity to have their lifejackets checked over. However there was also cause for concern with 41 out of the 72 jackets tested failing due to a variety of reasons. This meant that the now forewarned people are able to make repairs before they take to the water.
A representative from the RNLI said that people should always ensure they have floatation devises when they take to the water, but as your life may depend on them always, ensure that they are serviced regularly.
Due to the success of the event there are plans to hold further sessions.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.