Lifejackets for lifesavers – South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

Volunteers at the 35 RNLI lifeboat stations in the south west are supporting a campaign to raise the £220,000 needed to buy them all new lifejackets. The two brand new types of lifejacket were designed through joint collaboration between the RNLI and the manufacturer to meet the charity’s current search and rescue requirements.

It was back in 1854 that an RNLI Inspector called Captain Ward invented a cork lifejacket that proved a lifesaver on numerous occasions. But since those days, the charity has always looked to advance and improve its safety equipment, from kapok lifejackets to Beaufort lifejackets and the present day design. Read more on the RNLI website…