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Lifejacket Campaign

Whether they’re training or out on a shout, RNLI crew members always wear lifejackets. It’s a rule informed by years of experience. They know that, whatever the weather, the sea is extremely unpredictable and can turn at a moment’s notice. They see people caught out all the time, people who’ve risked or even lost their lives. A lifejacket will buy you vital time in the water and could save your life, but only if you’re wearing it.

RNLI research has found that 98% of people surveyed carry a lifejacket. In our 3rd full year of the lifejacket campaign people that say they wear their lifejacket all the time has risen from 41% to 49%. Wearing a lifejacket was at number six in the safety priority list of the boat owners surveyed. On top of this over 1/3 of lifejackets our Sea Safety volunteers have seen, in their opinion, would fail to work due to poor maintenance.

Our latest research, in conjunction with the MCA shows that boaters are unaware of the risk of ‘cold water shock’ if you fall in. A lifejacket will double your chances of survival and will aid you being located and our new campaign advertising helps promote this.

Sea Safety Advice

The RNLI believes, and its service return information confirms, that a very large majority of lifeboats services can be attributed to a group of reasons, which can be summarised, as preventative activities.

We hope to bring your attention to these and other pieces of advice through these pages and continually develop new ways of delivering safety advice in an interactive and informative method.

There are many other pieces of advice related to boating safety that are covered within the CD-ROM of Sea Safety, The Complete Guide, available free from or 0800 328 0600 (UK) or 1800 789 589 (RoI).

Finning Power Systems – Simple Tips For Safe Boating

The RNLI and Finning Power Systems (Finning) have developed a relationship centering around the RNLI’s Sea Safety messages. With studies demonstrating that engine failure is responsible for a significant number of lifeboat callouts, Finning  has joined with the RNLI’s Sea Safety team to help raise awareness, with simple tips for safe boating.  These include a practical pocket guide on the basics of starting, running and looking after engines, and an online podcast demonstrating simple safety  procedures and advice. The brochures will be available at boat shows and exhibitions where the RNLI or Finning are present and you can view the podcast on Finning’s website.

Finning Power Systems supplies the Cat C18 diesel marine engines for the  Tamar class lifeboat, the RNLI’s most advanced vessel to date. There are currently ten Tamar class lifeboats in service at stations across the UK, from Padstow in Cornwall to Longhope in the Orkney Isles, with other boats presently in build.

‘As a major supplier of marine engines, we want every boat owner to enjoy their time on the water and are proud to be working with the RNLI to help more people stay safely afloat.  At Finning, safety is our top priority, so we are delighted to be supporting the RNLI to help raise awareness of the importance of regular engine checks and help reduce the numbers of casualties at sea.’

Useful Documents

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Sea Area Forecast
Windguru – Rosslare
Local Tide Info
RNLI Desktop Launcher