Life jackets to be equipped with lights
The primary function of a life jacket is to keep the wearer afloat. Under Division 240, which came into force on 1st May 2015, all life jackets must be equipped with a light, even at a basic navigation distance (up to two nautical miles from a shelter)*.
Every member of the crew must therefore have a light attached to their life jacket so that they can be located easily and rescued in the event of a shipwreck at sea. Make sure you opt for a reliable, water-proof light with at least 6 hours running time to make sure you are as safe as possible at sea. Here are some tips to help you pick the right equipment for you.
What kind of lights can you use on your life jackets?
- Cyalume: this is a plastic, chemical-filled, light stick which is cheap, light and handy. Cyalume light sticks do not need batteries, they light up when you break the capsule inside. They are very bright and therefore very visible at night, and last for around ten hours.
- A certified waterproof torch, for example, a diving torch waterproof up to 60 metres with around 8 hours' battery life. You can also get dual-purpose torches which send out a flashing distress signal from the other end. They need to be securely fastened to your life jacket.
- A flash light : you can get models which are specifically designed to be attached to a life jacket, with either an on/off button or an automatic trigger which activates when in contact with water.
A lot of accidents also happen in dinghies, so don't forget to make sure yours is equipped.
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Having a light in good working order ensures you can be rescued quickly and is the best way of saving lives. You have to be seen, to be rescued!
- Basic navigation: up to 2 miles from the coast
- Coastal navigation: up to 6 miles from the coast
- Semi-ocean navigation: from 6 to 60 miles from the coast
- Ocean navigation: over 60 miles from the coast
Take a look at the « 'sailing advice and regulations » section to find out more about the new rules which have been in force since 1st May 2015 by clicking here.