RNLI to emphasise importance of lifejackets during Lifeboat Week

Mike McAlpine, of Lyme Regis RNLI, with Alistair Walsingham,15, deputy instructor at Lyme Regis Sea School (photo by Seb Cope)

A LIFEJACKET ‘clinic’ aimed at ensuring that the safety aid is in perfect condition to save lives is to be held during Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.

The clinic is being organised by Mike McAlpine, volunteer Community Lifesaving Officer with the RNLI in Lyme Regis. It will be based at a lifesaving gazebo on the slipway, near the lifeboat station, on Tuesday, July 31st.

Mike said: “The tragedy in Missouri recently where 11 people drowned reminds us of the importance of lifejackets.

“Unfortunately, many people do not check the condition of their lifejackets from one season to another, and in many cases the inflation device fitted may not work when it is needed.

“The message is to have your lifejacket examined by a qualified professional every year and conduct your own checks on a regular basis.”

Among the tips for lifejacket users is to inflate the aid manually with a hand pump every six months and to leave it inflated for 24 hours to ensure there are no leaks or damage.

Lifejacket owners are urged to visit the slipway gazebo on July 31 where RNLI experts will demonstrate how to ensure a lifejacket is in a serviceable condition to save a life.

Win a holiday in Lifeboat Week draw

A WEEKEND stay in a holiday cottage in Lyme Regis is a new star prize donated for the town’s Lifeboat Week which starts tomorrow (Saturday, July 28).

The cottage sleeps six, and tickets at £5 to win the prize will be available at the lifeboat week kiosk on Marine Parade or at the wine or water stall outside the RNLI shop on the Cobb.

The weekend can be between October and May and the prizewinner will arrange dates with the owner.

Chairman of the lifeboat week organisers, Ken Lavery, said: “The RNLI Guild is grateful for this very generous offer. It is a very special prize.”

The draw for the prize will take place on August 3.

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