A personal flotation device (PFD) is key to protecting your safety during water activities of all kinds. Missouri law requires boaters under age 7 to wear a PFD at all times. All passengers on boats over 16 feet long or being towed by boats over 16 feet long must also wear PFDs. There are five basic classes of PFD, each suited for a particular purpose:
- Type I. Type I PFDs are designed for rough waters or situations where rescue may be hours or even days in coming. These are the classic “Mae West”-type life preservers used on oceangoing and other deep-water vessels.
- Type II. Type II PFDs are designed for calm waters or situations where rescue will probably be quick, like on recreational lake and stream areas. Unlike Type I PFDs, not all Type II PFDs will turn an unconscious person face-up in water.
- Type III. Type III PFDs are the preferred model for boating and fishing. Type III PFDs will not turn an unconscious person face-up unless they are fitted with a collar designed for this purpose.
- Type IV. Type IV PFDs are the only type not worn on the body. These include seat cushions and ring buoys designed to be thrown to someone in the water.
- Type V. Type V PFDs include windsurfing vests, deck suits, and all other PFDs designed for a specific water sport.
A properly-fitting PFD may save your life or reduce injuries. If you’re involved in a boating accident, don’t hesitate to call a dedicated St. Louis County boating accident attorney at Page Law. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us at (314) 322-8515 today.