(a) Every vessel licensed to operate shall be provided with 1 approved life preservers for each person carried, and an additional number of life preservers to equal at least 10% of the total number of persons carried shall be for children. There shall be an approved child’s lifejacket available for every child carried aboard the vessel.
(b) Life preservers shall be properly distributed throughout staterooms, crew quarters, and other convenient places for crew and passengers as the board may direct. Lockers, boxes, and closets in which life preservers are stowed shall be plainly marked and life preservers contained therein shall be readily available. A printed notice framed and under glass, shall be posted in each cabin and stateroom informing passengers of the location of the life preservers. At each annual inspection, or oftener if deemed necessary, the life preservers shall be examined by an inspector of the board to determine serviceability. Life preservers found not to be serviceable shall be removed from the vessel and destroyed. Unserviceable life preservers shall be replaced by an equal number of serviceable life preservers.History: Bd. of Mar. Insp. Regs., eff 16 Oct 72, § 4.18.