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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LIFEBELTS along the stretch of river where friends Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler perished are regularly stolen, it has emerged.
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The lifebelt is right by the tree where Jack lost his life.
The man clung to the lifebelt as the Amble inshore lifeboat and coastguard rescue team arrived and pulled him to safety.
Then, someone threw in a lifebelt which he grabbed hold of.
A YOUNG musician may have drowned because vandals had stolen lifebelts from the bank of the river in which he was swept away.
On average, one of the lifebelts in the area where Jack drowned is vandalised once a week.
She now hopes the additional lifebelt will stop a similar accident happening.
But James's body was found by coastguards floating in the water, yards from a lifebelt which had been thrown to him.
Ronan said a lifebelt was thrown in but the man didn't respond so he decided to dive in to save him.
Who knows, if a lifebelt had been handy, he could be alive today
Officers are investigating the possibility that the Tarzan swing had been made from the blue rope of a lifebelt which the council has said is a continual problem.