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life jacket laws in South Carolina

Posted Nov 21 2012 2:30am
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reports that the vast majority (90 percent) of people who drown as a result of recreational boating accidents are not wearing a north face summit series personal flotation device (PFD). Even worse, most of these people had a PFD available but didnt wear it. There are both federal laws regarding PFDs, and South Carolina has a few regulations of their own.
There are five classes of Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Devices. TYPE I PFD or Off-Shore Life Jacket - Maximum buoyancy. - Designed for use in rough and/or remote waters where rescue may be delayed. - If wearer is unconscious, will turn them and keep them face-up in the water. - Inflatable versions must be worn in order to count towards on-board inventory. TYPE II PFD or Near-Shore Buoyant Vest - Intended for calm, inland waters, where rescue will likely be quick. - Common version of this type is the orange life jacket goes over your neck and buckles in front (there are other styles, too). A TYPE III PFD or Flotation Aid - For general boating in calm, inland waters. - The most comfortable type of pfd for continuous use. - Inflatable versions must be worn in order to count towards on-board inventory. - Not specifically designed to keep all users face up in the water. - Should not be used by non-swimmers. A TYPE IV PFD or Throwable Device - Fore calm, inland waters where there is a lot of boat traffic. - Could be a flotation cushion, life ring or horseshoe buoy, for throwing to a person in the water. - Not designed to be worn. A TYPE V PFD or Special Use Device - For specific uses that are stated on the label (eg. deck suits, work vests, sailboarding vests). - The TYPE V HYBRID is an inflatable PFD with a small amount of inherent buoyancy, Type I, II or III when inflated. There are special vests for small children, which are sized according to the weight of the child. Water skiers and drivers of Personal Watercraft should wear PFDs that are specifically labelled to withstand impact with the water. All boaters must follow the Federal Regulations, no matter what state you are in. They are: All recreational boats must carry a TYPE I, II, III or IV PFD for each person on board. Inflatable vests must be worn to count as one of the available PFDs and may not be used by people below the age of 16. Boats 16-feet and longer must also have at least one TYPE IV throwable device. This is in addition to the requirement of one PFD for every person and does not apply to sailboards, rowing skulls, kayaks and canoes. Water skiers or anyone being towed behind a boat are included in the on-board number and there must be a PFDs on board for them (if it is not already being worn). All children under t13 must wear a Coast Guard Approved life jacket of the correct size when on deck and underway. In addition to the the Federal regulations, South Carolina requires that all children under 12 wear a Coast Guard Approved Type I, II, III or V PFD while on board a boat of 16-feet or less. Anyone on board a personal watercraft, regardless of age, must wear a Coast Guard Approved Type I, II, III or V PFD north face jackets for men. All PFDs must be in good, serviceable condition, readily accessible and of the proper size for the intended wearer. This information was provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources cheap north face. Most recreational boating deaths occur within site of shore to people who are not wearing a PFD. Don't become a statistic. Wear a personal flotation device.  


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