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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We hope that this year's event will continue to help us spread our message, that one small group of people can make a big difference through the smallest of actions," said Orly Wahba, founder and CEO of Life Vest Inside.
Vitus and other search and rescue deputies urge everyone to wear a life vest or jacket whenever they are in the river.
In hindsight, Barnes, now 47, doesn't think he did anything inherently wrong, except, of course, leaving his life vest in the bottom of the boat.
When we don't pray, we miss the true church, "spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, as terrible as an army with banners"--a church that makes demons quake and inspires chaplains to take off their life vests and give them away.
With temperatures soaring again near triple digits and visitors thronging to Castaic Lake, officials were stressing water safety Saturday and urging boaters to wear life vests.
Swanby, who was left to tell his wife and children that he wouldn't be coming home, vowed to develop a life vest that people would wear; one that would float them high and face-up in the water.
Instead, Berger and hundreds of other parents had their children equipped in the latest life vests and bicycle helmets at the fifth annual Family Fun & Safety Fest at Alton Baker Park.
Boaters also are required to have one flotation device per person on board, whether it be a floating cushion or a life vest.
The Associated Press quoted the lone representative who voted no as saying, "You're already required to have life vests aboard and you can wear them if you want.
The guide, who was not wearing a life vest and had neither training in group rescues nor the equipment to pull one off, was unable to come to his rescue.
And in accordance with procedures, he did not have a life vest, which would have prevented him from diving below waves.