RNLI crew don a safety first

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ANSTRUTHER Lifeboat Station has become one of the first stations in Scotland to take delivery of new “state of the art” lifejackets for its volunteer crews.

A far cry from the cork lifejackets invented by RNLI Inspector Captain Ward in 1854, the new ones are ergonomically designed to be a much more comfortable and secure fit.

Coming in two designs the jackets meet the specific needs of crews on both the all-weather and inshore boats.

Demonstrating the jackets in our picture (right) are Anstruther crew members’ 20-stone Ryan Black and eight-stone Esther Jones showing that one size definitely fits all.

The RNLI anticipates the cost of providing the new lifejackets to its Scottish stations will be in the region of £100,000.