Exmouth lifeboat station is holding its annual boat and watersport jumble sale on Sunday 6 May. Local Sea Safety Officers will be offering free lifejacket checks and informal advice.
Peter Williams, RNLI Sea Safety Officer for Exmouth, says;
‘Summer is nearly here and many of us have spent recent months preparing our pride and joy for the water. Lifejacket clinics run by the RNLI around the country show that approximately 30-35% of all lifejackets brought for inspection do not meet manufacturer’s specification or would fail to work when required.’
Peter hopes that the free lifejacket checks will attract many seafarers over the bank holiday weekend, both locals and visitors to Exmouth.
Peter also advises on registering leisure craft, whatever it is, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), free of charge.
‘RNLI lifeboats launch on average around 8,000 times a year and many of these launches are to leisure craft. For the search crews trying to locate a “casualty”, the more information that is known about the vessel, the more effective the rescue is likely to be.’
‘Just type CG66 into a UK search engine and follow the HM Coastguard Safety Identification Scheme link. In the event of an emergency or distress situation, this information can be quickly passed to rescue services.’
The boat and watersport jumble sale takes place between 9.00am and 12noon at the new lifeboat station, Queens Drive. Item donations for the RNLI table are welcome. If you require further information, please contact Roger Jackson on 07770 583235 or Peter Thomas on 07792 555835.
£10 per table, open to all and free admission.