Originally Posted by Andre
This has for sure developed into an interesting thread with 1000 view and 44 posts in the space of 24 hours
If, as it has been pointed out , the operator has the blessing of the MCA and they are happy with his operations then I can only apologise to him for my opening comment. At the same time we have all learnt something new and that is what RibNet brings to the ribbing community.
Saying this there are however many long established companies in the Solent and beyond who make a living from taking people out on rib rides and I cannot imagine anyone of them even contemplating taking a full load of people out without lifejackets.
Do ya know what mate, I don't think you should apologise at all.
Each of us on this forum that own/skipper any form of water craft, RIB or not, have a responsibility to the safety and wellbeing of all who travel with us or are affected by what we do. This is the case in the workplace and should be at other times.
I don't know who this outfit is but, personally I look down on them from a great height for the way they conduct their business. Given the speeds that this RIB is undoubtedly capable of there is no excuse for not insisting that all on board wear a life jacket.
I would also question whether this is a stipulation of his public liability insurance.
The additional risk created by passengers and crew not wearing life jackets, to me, is unacceptable. This company have a duty to carry out risk assessments on the full extent of their operation. I bet they make interesting reading when compared to the photos at the beginning of this thread. This said, all the risk assessments in the world do not cover up for the moral argument of ensuring the safety of people you have a responsibility for.
This situation would never occur on my RIB and, please forgive me for speaking for others, but I know plenty of others on this forum who do exactly the same.
Where safety is concerned, there is no option or compromise.