RNLI ‘lifejacket locker’ safety initiative arrives in Swanage
An RNLI scheme to encourage more people to use lifejackets aboard their tenders has proved so popular it has been extended and now includes Swanage.
Following RNLI research that showed boat users can often be put off wearing their lifejacket aboard their tender because of the ‘hassle factor’ of having nowhere secure to store them once ashore led to the Lifejacket locker initiative.
After a successful trial at Salcombe, Fowey and the River Yealm the initiative is being rolled out across locations on the south coast. The RNLI supply the lockers to harbours and locations free of charge providing they meet the criteria, along with signage. It’s hoped the scheme, aimed at visiting sailors and motor cruisers coming ashore in tenders, will help curb preventable accidents between moored vessels and the shore.
Coxswain, Dave Turnbull, said: “embarking or disembarking a vessel is always a risky time so to be able to wear a lifejacket without the worry of what to do with it once ashore is one more way to reduce the risk of drowning.”
Swanage Lifejacket lockers are located between the pier and the stone quay with further lockers planned for south beach in Studland.
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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.