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Lifebuoy from LT151 Boy’s Friend a Lowestoft fishing vessel

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Lifebuoy from LT151 Boy’s Friend a Lowestoft fishing vessel

The lifebuoy was invented by Commander Ward (Royal Navy) inspector of RNLI lifeboats. It’s round shape makes it easy to throw to a distressed person in the water who can then easily grasp it or hook an arm over it. The cork inner provides buoyancy and is covered with canvas, painted the distinctive white and red colours. A connecting rope line enables the person in the water to then be hauled to safety.

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