personal flotation device

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personal flotation device

Abbreviation: PFD
A life vest to prevent drowning and near drowning. People engaged in water sports, such as boating or water skiing, or rescuers working on or near the water should wear PFDs at all times. The U.S. Coast Guard sets standards and establishes specifications for the manufacture and use of PFDs. Personal flotation devices may be used to provide added buoyancy for the patient during aquatic therapy.
See also: device
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Obviously there could be very serious consequences if there isn't a lifebelt there.
The Mondeo's only advantage for our new Bond that it has two jacket hooks - one for his tux and one for his lifebelt.
MISSION Steve dons lifebelt and wades in to moat; HERE BOY He grabs the first struggling animal; OLLARED Now sailor leads both dogs to safety; SILLY Hampstead lake, London
Martin said: "Charles dived in and managed to get hold of him and tried unsuccessfully to get him to take hold of the lifebelt.
But when they turned up they found the teenagers had in fact been frantically trying to release the lifebelt to rescue their pal.
This summer Wirral council is to launch a new campaign called 'Steal a lifebelt - steal a life' and stickers will be placed on all lifebelts to warn vandals of the dangers of damaging them.
The teenager also failed to grab a second lifebelt thrown by a man from the other side.
Emma Bloomfield, 14, stood helplessly on the promenade as passers-by made desperate attempts to throw a lifebelt to her dad Roland, 54.
Andrew tried to find a lifebelt but there were none nearby.
Parma was feared lost outbound, after no word for 50 days and a body in a Parma lifebelt was washed ashore, until sighted by the Liverpool liner Avelona Star, in the south Atlantic Picture: n marsh, Daily Post archive
Mr Brierley rushed to the spot, known locally as the Giant's Cave, to help and threw a lifebelt down into the sea where the man was fighting to stay conscious in the freezing water.
He went above and beyond the call of duty and battled against the current to throw a lifebelt round the teen.