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23. LIFE RAFT (fig. 29). a. Life rafts are of several
different types. They are stowed on ships on skids or
launching ways so they may be easily released into the
water either by a tripping device or automatically when
the ship sinks. Rafts will hold from 5 to 20 persons
and are provided with equipment according to their
normal capacity. Rafts may be used either side up.
Equipment is kept in a compartment which can be
reached through a trap door on either side or is kept
lashed to the sides of the raft.
b. Equipment consists of items similar to those found
in a lifeboat, and is used the same way. It consists of:
2 bridles for making fast to painter at each end
12 distress lights.
2 enameled drinking cups.
3 quarts of drinking water per person.
Figure 30. Carley float released into water.
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