After a 6-month investigation of lifejacket designs of many countries, the British Safety Council announced that there was not one officially approved lifejacket that would pass the tests to Ministry of Transport specifications.
After a 6-month investigation of lifejacket designs of many countries, the British Safety Council announced that there was not one officially approved lifejacket that would pass the tests to Ministry of Transport specifications. At Dolphin Square Baths, London, Nov 8, the Council demonstrated a "Marksway" jacket - capable of turning an unconscious man on to his back from a face down position in the water.
First came a demonstration of the old style jackets from Italy, America and Holland. The British type was also tested in an attempt to show publicly that the "Ministry Approved" lifejacket did not meet the Ministry of Transport's own specifications.
These jackets were condemned as unsafe by the Council because they were unable to turn a man over on to his back. Chairman of the British Safety Council, James Tye said: "There is evidence that the Ministry's official jackets - especially the very outdated cork jacket - can choke a man to death or even break his neck if he jumps into the sea from any real height."
Finally, the Council demonstrated their new lifejacket designed for them on the "Marksway" principle by Mr Mark Shaw. Whether the subject wore heavy clothes or carried weights, the result was the same - the remarkably designed jacket turned them straight over on to their backs.
Lastly, a girl was put into a sack and then tightly bound with rope. She jumped in wearing the new jacket, submerged and turned safely over.