RNLI Lifejacket clinic raises concerns in Ramsgate

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 4th March RNLI Community Safety Volunteer Andy Mills held a life jacket clinic hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate.

Picture showing life-jackets being checked

RNLI

Checking out the life-jackets at the RNLI clinic

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.

Rust pictured inside a life-jacket at the clinic

RNLI/Andy Mills

Rust pictured inside a life-jacket at the clinic

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