May 28


Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), in conjunction with Fowey and Salcombe harbours, is piloting a new scheme this summer to promote wearing lifejackets in tenders.
Page Content: The new ‘Lifejacket Lockers’ initiative will see special lockers placed at the head of the main tender pontoons at Fowey and Salcombe harbours, offering short-term secure storage of lifejackets for those visiting the shore.

In 2012, the RNLI attended 71 incidents involving tenders and three of these led to fatalities.  RNLI research has found that boat users can often be put off wearing their lifejacket aboard their tender because of the ‘hassle factor’ of having nowhere secure to store them, and therefore having to carry them around town in bulky bags once ashore. 

The lockers will be in place from mid-June to mid-September. There will be 12 lockers at each location, enough for around a quarter of the yachts that visit each night. Each locker is big enough to hold four lifejackets.

Pip Hare from the RNLI’s Coastal Safety team is leading the trial. She says:

‘Attitudes towards wearing lifejackets have improved immensely but RNLI research has found that boat users will often leave their lifejackets on board their main vessel when they take their tender to shore. Carrying a bulky lifejacket around town can be a hindrance, so the RNLI has developed the Lifejacket Lockers idea, offering boat users a secure and convenient means of storing their lifejackets once ashore – we’re hoping this will encourage more people to wear their lifejackets on their tenders and, ultimately, help save more lives.

‘We’re working in conjunction with Salcombe and Fowey harbours – two very busy locations – to pilot the scheme this summer. If the lockers are well used, which we hope they will be, then we’ll look to expand the scheme further over the coming years by collaborating with other harbours nationwide.’

Notes to Editors
• Two images are attached showing the locations of the lockers at Fowey and Salcombe harbours. Credit RNLI.
• More information on choosing and maintaining lifejackets is available at:]

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