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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Today our investigation reveals why Joby's death may not be the last, and why these life belts could make the difference between life and death.
Three vegetation associations were described by Denyes as occurring within the Foothills life belt.
Shirley, of St Mellons, Cardiff, who has a seven-year-old grandson, Kane, said: 'It was obvious she couldn't swim very far, so I swam back to the boat to get the life belt and we made our way to the woman.
They threw him a life belt and helped him get to safety.
Luckily for the man the park motor launch boat Roath Pride was nearby and threw him a life belt before taking the colleagues to the safety of the bank.
He set up a life belt rescue operation called ``Ring of Confidence'' on the island after a relative drowned while fishing several years a go.
Derek Bowes from Arriva buses said: "Some of the more unusual things we have found are a pounds 3,000 clarinet, a bass drum, a life belt, a whip and some frozen chicken legs.
IN THE SWIM Well Chief has been doing plenty of this recently - the trainer is holding the life belt
Martin Jol has already done shrewd business in the transfer market to build his base, throwing a life belt to Jenas when Newcastle were publicly committing suicide.
We watched in disbelief as he started removing the blue rope that was attached to the life belt.
SAVIOUR The dog drags the hapless thief from the river; NICKED Lyon lies on a life belt while the dog guards him; CAUGHT Glen Lyon outside court yesterday
Mr Rodden said: "At one stage I was hanging on to a life belt - it wasn't even around my body - and I had no strength left at all.