INTRODUCTION TO FREEFALL LIFEBOATS, AN

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INTRODUCTION TO FREEFALL LIFEBOATS, AN

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Video Running Time: 26 minutes

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Freefall Lifeboats are designed as escape capsules for crew abandoning ship or a rig, and provide a safe and swift means of evacuation. They have been used for a number of years and have been responsible for saving many lives. Recently a crew of 14 escaped from their sinking vessel in heavy seas off Newfoundland. As Lloyd's List stated at the time: "The men were able to launch (the freefall lifeboat) despite the violent motion of the sinking ship which would have made escape by a conventional lifeboat doubtful. The men were later picked up by a Spanish trawler and all were unharmed".

Just as with conventional lifeboats, the correct procedures must be followed when using freefall lifeboats. To ensure that every crew member knows and understands what to do in an emergency, it is necessary to be fully acquainted, not only with the inside of the lifeboat, but also drilled in evacuation procedures. In addition, on-site maintenance must be carried out to meet both company and legislative requirements.

The objective of this video is to inform all seafarers about freefall lifeboats. It will act as an introduction for new personnel, a refresher for existing crew and a detailed training aid for the specially trained lifeboat crew.

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