New lifejackets are a splash hit with RNLI

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew give their new extra-buoyant and better fitting vests the thumbs up

RNLI chiefs at Lyme Regis are in buoyant mood after after taking possession of new life-jackets for the crew.

They were bought thanks to generous donations from people living in and around the town earlier this year.

During the winter many fund-raising events were held to raise �3,500 to buy and maintain six of the new vests.

And this week the lifejackets were worn for the first time after a training session with RNLI assessor Simon James.

He said: “The old lifejackets had been in use for at least ten years and had to be replaced.

“After trials and consultation with crews and the manufacturers, Crewsaver, the new lifejackets are being introduced throughout the RNLI.

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“We wanted Lyme Regis to have theirs before the major event of naming and dedicating their new lifeboat and before the start of Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.”

The main advantages of the new lifejacket are greater buoyancy, a better fit for all sizes, making swimming easier, flare pockets at the front, a spray hood and a flashing light.”

The first crew to wear the jacket were James Rice, John Bird, Elliott Herbert and Dave Bisson.

Helmsman James Rice said: ”The new jackets are a huge improvement and very comfortable in the water.

“We would like to say thank you to everyone who donated so generously towards this vital equipment.”