Scarborough RNLI safety pack for new boat owners
Scarborough RNLI has produced a safety pack, full of helpful advice for new boat owners.
The packs can be found at the harbour office, the marina facilities office on Vincent pier and the yacht club.
The free pack includes stickers, key rings, a lapel pin badge and leaflets about EPIRB registration, Solas V, GMDSS, lifejacket maintenance, VHF radio, basic engine checks and various safety issues.
EPIRB stands for emergency position-indicating radio beacon, which is a type of emergency locator beacon. It is a portable, battery-powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate planes, vessels and people in distress and in need of immediate rescue.
Solas V is a series of navigation safety regulations from the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
GMDSS stands for global maritime distress and safety system. This is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.
RNLI Media contacts
For details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.
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.