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A standard Ministry of Transport lifejacket. On it is written: "MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT STANDARD LIFE JACKET". This was intended for use by people being rescued.

The owner was with H.M. Coastguard from 1968-96 as a voluntary auxiliary coastguard. Penarth station covered Bendricks Rocks in Barry up to Newport and included the mouths (up to tidal limits) of the Ely, Rumney, Usk and Ebbw rivers, Sully Island and Cardiff Docks. The Coastguards’ role was to be the eyes and ears of shipping. They never went to sea (which was the responsibility of lifeboats) but could go in the surf, the beach and on cliffs. Their aim was search and rescue; their purpose was to save the people, not the vessels. They manned the Coastguard station as lookouts when the wind reached Force 6 or above on the Beaufort scale or when a gale (Force 8) was forecast. Most of this equipment was scrapped or withdrawn in the 1980s when it was replaced by helicopters etc.

Cardiff Story Museum, CARCM: 2010.60
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