Originally Posted by Daibheid
Ok I'll bite. Maybe you'd share a few examples of many occasions you wouldn't wear a PFD on a RIB under way?
As for what business it is of mine? Have you ever searched for a body with the man's wife and children looking down on you day after day where a PFD or LJ might at least have spared them the agony of an almost hopeless search for closure?
I've had holes put in my own RIB on two occasions plus a prop strike searching rough coastlines in the worst possible conditions. I've spoken to people going to sea without a PFD and never once got a positive response. Does any of that make it my business? Not how I'd put it but it is a raw subject and no one on the thread seems to have come up with any facts or examples to rebut the specific incidences of lives lost that could have been prevented by wearing a PFD.
Nor have any falling at speed experts related first or even secondhand experience of people falling out of RIBs at speed, much less why a PFD wouldn't be a good idea when making passage.
Bottom line is PFDs like Kill Cords save lives but neither can really be enforced and I'd hate to do my boating where the authorities tried to. We are all free to wear them or not but a lot of others have to deal with the consequences when we make bad decisions.
Nicely said, many examples of people making bad decisions, its a case of most people dont think they will need one but it always seems to be those times that something bad happens, better to wear one and not need one than need one and not have it on.
Incident about a year ago two recreational fishermen in a small dingy crossing the sheltered waters of Pool Harbour to get to their fishing boat, they fall out of the dingy, one person never recovered.
Another example - three weekens ago I was in Swanage Bay and spotted a small williams tender with three onboard going max out across a still bay, sunny weather, a tight turn and one of the women flies off out the back, she was wearing a life jacket so it self inflated and she was picked up, what hit me was she allthough ok was definately pretty shaken up by the incident and you could see she was phyiscaly shaking, if she hadnt had a life jacket on I would imagien she would have got into difficulties through panacking and the shock. So even though weather was lovely and conditions fine they had an incident and a life jacket being worn probably made a big difference and prevented further issues.