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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The chief secretary's office noted loss of lives every year due to overloading of boats and unavailability of lifejackets and other safety equipment and said there was a need for the departments concerned and district administrations to issue necessary instructions to boat operators.
The deckhand subsequently drowned because he was not wearing a lifejacket and the skipper was unable to recover him from the water unaided.
"You may also have seen the Henry Gilbey videos online promoting the use of lifejackets. Henry admits he didn't wear a lifejacket for years, until a tragedy where two brothers drowned on one of his local marks spurred him to get involved and help promote safe angling.
"They were wearing a lifejacket which ultimately saved their life as without it they would not have been able to stay above the wintry cold water."
"I knew that, as I had my lifejacket on, I wasn't going to go under, but I'd been in the water for nearly 45 minutes, had swallowed water and, although the shore didn't look far away, I couldn't get to it.
Police believe that Young was going to use this lifejacket in an attempt to swim across the Niagara River into Canada.
Sydney [Australia], December 29 ( ANI ): Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been fined USD 250 for not wearing a lifejacket while steering his dinghy on waters near his Sydney harbor side mansion.
West Marine Inshore Automatic/Manual Inflatable Lifejacket
The inquest heard neither man, from nearby Carew, was wearing an inflatable lifejacket as they manned their 27-tonne boat.
In the case of the automatic version, once inflated the lifejacket will rapidly turn an unconscious wearer onto their back.
"A local fishing boat managed to rescue two of the three men from the water but the third was clinging to a mooring boy with no lifejacket. He was exhausted and had to be lifted into the lifeboat.