The Department of Transport has issued a Marine Notice regarding the correct use of PFDs on fishing vessels following the MCIB report on the FV Alize
- APFD should be fitted with a hold-down device (such as a crotch strap or thigh straps), which should be worn to maximise life-saving potential and reduce the risk of the PFD riding up on the wearer, potentially moving it to an incorrect position. The Department is aware that some PFD’s are sold with the hold down device as an optional extra and these should always be purchased and used to provide the maximum level of safety to the wearer. For additional information on PDF requirements, including recommendations for the selection, correct use and servicing of PFDs, please consult Marine Notice No. 32 of 2019, Marine Notice No. 27 of 2016 and Marine Notice No.39 of 2013.