New lifejackets are a splash hit with RNLI / Chris Carson , Reporter

Friday, July 20, 2012

 Helmsman James Rice tries out a new lifejacket during a training session.

 RNLI chiefs at Lyme Regis are in buoyant mood after after taking possession of new life-jackets for the crew.

They were bought thanks to generous donations from people living in and around the town earlier this year.

During the winter many fund-raising events were held to raise £3,500 to buy and maintain six of the new vests.

And this week the lifejackets were worn for the first time after a training session with RNLI assessor Simon James.

He said: « The old lifejackets had been in use for at least ten years and had to be replaced.
« After trials and consultation with crews and the manufacturers, Crewsaver, the new lifejackets are being introduced throughout the RNLI.
« We wanted Lyme Regis to have theirs before the major event of naming and dedicating their new lifeboat and before the start of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week. »
The main advantages of the new lifejacket are greater buoyancy, a better fit for all sizes, making swimming easier, flare pockets at the front, a spray hood and a flashing light. »
The first crew to wear the jacket were James Rice, John Bird, Elliott Herbert and Dave Bisson.

Helmsman James Rice said: « The new jackets are a huge improvement and very comfortable in the water.
« We would like to say thank you to everyone who donated so generously towards this vital equipment. »

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