Clinic consultation

Largs RNLI runs a successful lifejacket clinic.

On Saturday July 2, the Largs RNLI Water Safety Team were joined by members of the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team, Largs RNLI Fundraisers and Face2Face Fundraisers to successfully organize a life jacket clinic and water safety event at Largs Yacht Haven.

At the event, the specially trained RNLI team were able to show people how to maintain their personal life jackets and keep them functional. Educate people to check their own lifejacket for wear and simple maintenance tasks like replacing gas cylinders and firing heads.

Research has proven that wearing a life jacket can quadruple your chances of survival if you are submerged in cold water. Whatever your activity, wearing a properly fitted, well-maintained and appropriate life jacket or buoyancy aid can save your life.

A total of 41 life jackets were checked during the event. Of these 41 lifejackets, no less than 75% failed basic safety checks, two of them had cylinders pulled out and therefore would not activate if required.

During the event, there were also great conversations with water users and the boating community around a range of key topics including maritime distress flares, personal locator beacons, water sports and the sharing of experiences and stories.

A range of water and coastal safety advice has been shared by RNLI and Coastguard teams, including Float to Live, always having a way to call for help and crucially knowing who to call in case emergency.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the day. Learn more about the work of the RNLI and the Coastguard, take part in the lifejacket clinic and support our fundraising.

Claire McRae, Water Safety Volunteer at Largs RNLI, said: “A life jacket is an essential piece of lifesaving equipment for those involved in water activities.

“It can be easy to assume that life jackets are always up to snuff, but like all safety equipment, they need to be checked regularly. Someone’s life could depend on it.

“In the event of a coastal emergency, or if you see someone in difficulty at sea, you should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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