All 45 lifeboat stations in Scotland are due to receive innovative, new life jackets in the coming months.
It will cost between £2,000 and £4,500 at the majority of the RNLI’s stations in Scotland to equip the volunteers with the new life jackets. The exact figure depends on operational requirements.
Incorporating the latest technology, the new life jackets have been designed in collaboration with the RNLI and manufacturer Crewsaver, specifically to meet the charity’s requirements.
The new jackets, fitted with water-activated emergency lights and pockets for day and night distress flares, will provide a comfortable, secure fit, leading to increased efficiency and effectiveness in lifesaving. Crotch straps will prevent the life jacket riding up over the head when in the water, and an integrated harness, designed to pull the life jacket away from the wearer’s neck, will allow greater freedom of movement during rescues, and a hood to protect against sea spray.
Isla Dewar, the RNLI’s fund-raising and communications manager in Scotland, said:
“The charity believes it owes its volunteer crews the best possible equipment available, as they often put themselves in difficult and dangerous situations to help others.
“However, we could not do this without the generous support of the public.”