life belt


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life belt

a ring filled with buoyant material or air, used to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
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When he tried to get on the boat, the crewman pointed a pistol at him and told him that if he wanted to get on the boat he would have to give his life belt to one of the women passengers and then take up a position at an oar.
For example, Coder Hugh Merryweather of Edmonton was mentioned in despatches as follows, "This rating lost his own life by sacrificing his life belt to another rating when HMCS Louisburg was sinking.
He said: "It was like somebody throwing me a life belt when I'm drowning.
He got up and, like me, put on his life belt and then his coat.
He stripped off his uniform and swam out carrying a life belt with him.
The author defined each life belt by its characteristic climate and general land morphology.
A life belt at Mariners Wharf, on Newcastle Quayside
There were two other lads there so one of them rang emergency services and I grabbed a life belt and rope from the club and ran across.
Another man walking past, ran to the other side of the lake to get the life belt but the dog lover managed to drag himself out of the water, as did his pet.
PC Tudor attached a life belt to himself but the safety line was not long enough and he swam to her.
As he struggled, "totally saturated", with the life belt, Richard says the two men made their vital intervention.