Life Rafts (continued)

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Make sure that everyone on board knows how to launch the raft properly.

  1. Check to ensure that the launching area is clear of people and obstructions.

  2. Two people should grasp the container at the ends, and toss it over the lee side of the vessel.

  3. After launching, pull the painter until it is fully withdrawn and the raft inflates.

  4. If the raft over inflates, you will hear the sound of air escaping.

  5. If the raft inflates upside down, it must be made upright before boarding.   

righting a liferaft.

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