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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After being stranded close to an hour on the ferry, the authorities told the passengers to put on their life vests. Until that time, they were not informed of the situation or updated on how they planned to resolve the issues.
Easily repacked and maintained, this life vest must be manually placed around the head after inflation and is therefore recommended for competent swimmers only.
West Marine's website doesn't mention how to properly care for the life vest, but, since it's made of neoprene, we'd expect care considerations to be similar to that of a wetsuit: to keep the neoprene from fading or drying out, rinse well after use in saltwater or chlorine, and avoid exposing to heat or direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
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He lived, due largely to wearing a life vest, unlike 395 of the 484 boat-related drowning victims in 2010.
CHRIS Williamson, swapped his suit and tie for a high-vis jacket and life vest as he took to the water with the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
The man's brother was saved by the border guards who threw him a life vest just before a large wave hit them.
Currently, he wears an external life vest that has a battery-operated defibrillator to restart the heart should it stop for any reason.
Coast Guard-approved life vest. I am not the only one who has this opinion.
He was only wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, and a life vest. I thought it was kind of strange that someone would be jet skiing in that water temp and cool climate without a heavy wet suit.
As such, it is suitable for vacuum and pressure forming of aircraft interior components such as armrests, bulkhead laminates, tray tables, galley parts, instrument panels, life vest shrouds, and lighting housings.
She finds herself in the deep, shark-infested ocean waters amid hundreds of panicking people, without a life vest. Emily is strong and determined, however, and she does her best to swim toward land, far off though it may be.