maritime safety

90% of Life Rafts Go Down with Boat

Nine out of ten life rafts would have followed a sinking boat into the sea during a recent inspection by the Swedish Transport Agency, Swedish Radio News reports. The so-called hydrostats are meant to come off the boat in an emergency situation, but the knife meant to cut free the connecting rope did not sever it in nearly every case.

The Turkish-made life raft has been tested and approved by the European Union for use in commercial seafaring, including in Sweden.

The Transport Agency has now broadcast a safety alert to all Swedish ships detailing the problems, although it is not clear how many boats actually use the specific brand of life rafts.