On Wednesday, volunteer rescuers at Grand Holm Marina showed how to properly use safety equipment at sea.
The volunteers explained the difference between a life jacket and a safety vest, an automatic and a semi-automatic vest. The main causes of drowning were explained.
"The biggest mistake is if you don't put on a vest at all, everything starts to hit," said volunteer rescuer Vallo Villa.
According to sea rescuers, people are drowned when the vest is not worn or when they cannot find it in panic.
"A misplaced vest is also dangerous," Vilta warned, modifying last year's accident when the boat overturned and the boat operator sank because the unattached vest came off the water.
"The technical condition of the craft, the weather forecast, the amount of fuel, the means of communication and the existence of documents must always be checked before sailing. The driver or owner of the recreational craft is responsible for all this," the Police and Border Protection Agency recalled in a press release.
"The most important tool for rescue at sea is the life jacket - without it, no recreational craft can begin its journey," the police and border guard warned.
Voluntary rescuers showed themselves how the jackets work. The first step was to show how an unsecured life jacket comes off when it falls into the water. It was then proved that the safety vest does not turn the person on its back, but the life jacket turns. This is important for the unconscious person. A semi-automatic vest was also unhooked in the water.
Volunteer rescuers are advised to always wear a life jacket and fasten it properly!