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where rescue may be slow in coming. These devices are designed
to turn most unconscious wearers in the water to a face-up position.
There are two sizes: adult-which provides a minimum of 22 pounds
of buoyancy, and the child-which provides a minimum of 11 pounds.
A Type II Life Jacket, or Near-Shore
Buoyant Vest, is intended for calm, inland
water or where there is a good chance of
quick rescue. This device will turn some
unconscious wearers face up in the water.
The turning action is not as pronounced nor
as effective as the type I device. The adult
vest provides a minimum of 15.5 pounds of
Type II Life Jacket
buoyancy, a medium child size provides 11
pounds. Infant and small child size provide
a minimum of 7 pounds of buoyancy.
A Type III Life Jacket, or Flotation Aid is
good for calm, inland water, or where there
is a good chance of quick rescue. It is designed for special recreational activities such
as water skiing so that the wearer can place
oneself in a face up position in the water. The Type III Life Jacket
type III has the same minimum buoyancy as a
type II device. Float coats, fishing vests, and
vests designed with special features suitable
for various sports activities are examples of
this type of life jacket.
A Type IV Life Jacket, or Throwable
Flotation Aid is designed to be thrown to a
person in the water and grasped and held
until rescued. These
devices are not intended to be worn. Examples
of types IVs include buoyancy cushions, life
rings and horseshoe buoys.
A Type V Life Jacket contains a small
amount of inherent buoyancy and an inflatable
chamber. Performance can be equal to a type
Type V Life Jacket I, II, or III life jacket (as noted on the label)