New RNLI lifejackets

Stornoway RNLI mechanic Martin J Murray tests out the new lifejackets, complete with sea-spray hood. Photo: Sty RNLI
Stornoway RNLI mechanic Martin J Murray tests out the new lifejackets, complete with sea-spray hood. Photo: Sty RNLI
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THE volunteer crew members of Stornoway RNLI took to open seas recently as they tested their brand new lifejackets, specially designed by the lifesaving charity and manufactured by company Crewsaver.

A far cry from the cork lifejackets invented by RNLI Inspector Captain Ward in 1854, Stornoway RNLI members gave the new jackets a big thumbs up, with lifeboat Coxswain Murdo ‘Murty’ Campbell saying: “The new lifejackets really are superb.

“They’re slightly lighter than the previous model but the adjustments are a lot easier through the quick tensioning and release system – it’s just a case of pulling a few straps and the jacket is snug and secure.”

Stornoway RNLI mechanic Martin J Murray adds: “There are a lot of small improvement – such as the water-activated light meaning you no longer have to fiddle around for the light switch – which all add up to make the lifejackets perfect for the job we do.”