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Old 27 December 2012, 03:22   #11
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Originally Posted by beamishken View Post
I wouldnt touch a manual jacket for normal use I work in the oil industry & we do helicopter ditch training & the last excersize is to swim out of the upturned aircraft & set off your lifejacket (cant wear auto in an aircraft)

I swam out poped up to the surface & couldnt find the toggle, rescue swimmer puts the toggle in my hand & I try to set it off & it slips out of my cold wet hands, rescue swimmer gets p-----d off & pulls the toggle
the point is I'm a good swimmer knew I was going in the water so no panic or cold water shock & was wearing a dry suit in a swimming pool with no wind or waves & I couldnt set off the jacket easily
What chance do you stand in a real incident probably when you least expect it! for an extra fiver or so is it worth the risk?
+1, neither would I, and no it isn't, though the rescue swimmer probably deserves a slap for not making you do it, unless you were half drowned?

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