I see we will have to differ on this one.
However, I am not a Life-boatman, I am not a volunteer lifesaver, but have had to bring people who refused to wear life jackets home.
We picked up 2 local lads from the water, ashen grey, blue lips, ice cold, eyes open and glazed.
Laid up on a outer mooring whilst body bags were brought out.
Put the lads in the bags and transferred them to a smaller boat due to depth constraints.
Whilst moving the lads between the boats one of the zips broke and his head flopped out of the boat hitting the guard rail with a empty hollow "thowk", a sound i will never forget.
I then had to stitch him back into the bag so it couldn't happen again.
We had to bring the lads to the ambulance on the slip where the coastguard and the rest of the village and the parents of one of the lads were waiting. The scene i think you can imagine.
I don't care how precious you think your right to not wear LJ is, don't care about the cost, I don't care how much of a Prima Donna you are.
I never want to feel the way I did facing his mother when i carried the body to the ambulance again.....
PS Biffer, what happens when your faffing with wiring shackles when the wire catches your shirt and the weight of the ground tackle pulls you in, with no jacket on? Seen it happen.......