New state of the art lifejackets for volunteers

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PETERHEAD lifeboat crew received new life jackets recently, as part of a nationwide upgrade of safety equipment.

Costing up to £4,500 per station, the new lifejackets incorporate the latest in material technology including water activated emergency lights and pockets for day and night distress flares.

They will provide a comfortable, secure fit which will ensure increased efficiency and effectiveness in sea rescues.

A far cry from the original cork life vests used by the first RNLI volunteers in 1854, the new design has zipped pockets for casualty care kits, torches, gloves or knives and a hood to protect against sea spray.

Peterhead RNLI is one of the first crews to benefit from the new lifejackets, which are expected to cost the charity £100,000 UK wide.

Lifeboatmen tried out the new jackets at Peterhead’s swimming pool recently.

Peterhead Lifeboat Mechanic Alastair Wilson said: “The new lifejackets are a lot more comfortable. There have been one or two advances in design, which makes them more reliable and better at keeping us all alive at sea.”