Re: Fly Fisher Dies in Clark River
I've worn and been responsible for all the life saving equipment at my USCG unit. We use an inflatable system that is manually deployable rather than automatic. We also used a harness and tether system with a quick release for our machine gunners on our boats and in case of an overturn you had to be able to escape the tether. Manually inflating a pfd isn't a hard task in calm conditions but add in factors including improper wear or failed inflation and it becomes a whole new ball game. We've lost guys because of failed inflation so I would suggest becoming very familiar. Personally if I'm in the water in a vessel I'm jacketed up no matter what. All it takes is a split second and you are in the water.