Here is a lovely new life jacket that we have bought for the grandchildren to use when they are on the boat.
You will see that it has a thigh or crotch strap to fasten between the child’s legs. This is there, quite simply, to prevent the child slipping through the jacket when in the water if they lift their arms, which is quite likely if they cannot swim.
On Sunday we were followed through Etruria locks by grandparents with their grandchildren smartly attired in the same bright orange life jackets. I pointed out to them that these straps needed to be fastened. The smaller child didn’t want it done up and burst into tears.
Yesterday they still were not using these straps making the life jackets ineffective.
I sincerely hope that they do not learn “the hard way”. Their boat is called “Jolly”, I hope it stays that way.
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