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3 common types of personal floatation devices

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2024 | Boating Accidents

People utilize boats and water vessels for different reasons. For some, boating is a leisurely activity that they do on the weekend. For commercial fishermen and offshore workers, boating is a way of life.

In any case, there are numerous hazards when out on the water, and this is where personal floatation devices (PFDs) come in. Outlined below are three of the most common types of PFDs.

1. Special-use devices

Special-use devices are usually quite lightweight. They include items like wet suits and paddling vests. Special-use devices are commonly associated with activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding. Often, special-use PFDs have a pull cord that inflates them when necessary. Sometimes, these devices will inflate automatically if a person falls into the water.

2. Throwable devices

Throwable devices are designed to help people who have fallen overboard. These include items such as buoy rings and water rescue bags. The idea is that people on board the boat can throw the devices to an individual who has fallen overboard.

3. Offshore life jackets

Special-use devices and throwable devices are not always sufficient. Sometimes you need more. Offshore life jackets are one of the most heavy-duty forms of safety equipment for people who have become stranded in the water. They are intended to help keep the individual afloat for longer periods when a rescue is not immediately possible.

While PFDs can save lives, they aren’t always enough. If you have been injured or adversely impacted by an accident on the water, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of how maritime law works in terms of injuries.