Lifebuoy sank – report from Insjö

At the moment there are 2,416 reports in the marine accident and near accident reporting system, Insjö. One of these describes a remarkable event which took place on a Swedish ferry.
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At the moment there are 2,416 reports in the marine accident and near accident reporting system, Insjö. One of these describes a remarkable event which took place on a Swedish ferry.
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When a seaman was carrying out maintenance work, he removed a lifebuoy from its position hanging on the railing. The seamen reacted to the fact that the lifebuoy seemed very heavy. It also made a clucking sound and water was dripping from one of the reflector strips.  A small crack could be seen in the reflector strip and when it was pressed a hole about 15 mm in diameter appeared. It seemed to be hollow inside the plastic shell and when the seamen turned the lifebuoy upside down, several litres of water ran out of it.
When a check was made later on it was found that all of the lifebuoys (purchased in 2004) had holes under the reflector strip. A test showed that one of the waterlogged lifebuoys sank immediately when it was placed in water! The lifebuoys are manufactured by Velerias Georgio, Italy, and are stamped with the number 0474.
Insjö ID 2404

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