Safety pack created for new boat owners

Staff at Scarborough RNLI have produced a safety pack which offers helpful advice for new boat owners.

Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 7:47 am
The new safety pack developed by staff at Scarborough RNLI.

The packs can be found at the harbour office, the marina facilities office on Vincent pier, and at the yacht club.

The free pack includes stickers, key rings, a lapel pin badge and leaflets about EPIRB registration, Solas V, GMDSS, lifejacket maintenance, VHF radio, basic engine checks and various safety issues.

A spokesman said: “EPIRB stands for emergency position-indicating radio beacon, which is a type of emergency locator beacon. It is a portable, battery-powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate planes, vessels and people in distress and in need of immediate rescue.

“Solas V is a series of navigation safety regulations from the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. GMDSS stands for global maritime distress and safety system.

“This is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.”

Visit www.scarboroughlifeboat.org.uk to find out more about the Scarborough Lifeboat Station.