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  So, what is a lifejacket? A bulky thing
  Posted by: ezwater on Feb-10-13 11:51 PM (EST)
 

that, in spite of its pretensions, won't keep your head up out of the water while you die of hypothermia?

The Brits are all hung up over the life jacket distinction.

I insist on calling ALL PFDs "life jackets" because that is the one justification for our being required to carry them, and in some circumstances, required to use them.

Why do we wear PFDs? because they may save our lives. They're life jackets. Many canoeing and kayaking how-to and safety books STILL call them life jackets.

Worse than PFDs, in the UK they have "buoyancy aids."

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