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  • A lifebuoy, ring buoy, lifering, lifesaver, life donut, life preserver or lifebelt, also known as a "kisby ring" or "perry buoy", is a life saving buoy designed to be thrown to a person in the water, to provide buoyancy and prevent drowning


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  • Some modern lifebuoys are fitted with one or more seawater-activated lights, to aid rescue at night
  • The lifebuoy is usually ring- or horseshoe-shaped and has a connecting line allowing the casualty to be pulled to the rescuer in a boat
  • They are carried by ships and are also located beside bodies of water that have the depth or potential to drown someone
  • They are often subjected to vandalism which, since the unavailability of lifebuoys could lead to death, may be punished by fines (up to £5,000 in the United Kingdom) or imprisonment
  • The "kisby ring", or sometimes "Kisbie ring", is thought to be named after Thomas Kisbee (1792–1877) who was a British naval officer
  • The UK Royal Life Saving Society considers lifebuoys unsuitable for use in swimming pools because throwing one into a busy pool could injure the casualty or other pool users
  • In these locations, lifebuoys have been superseded by devices such as the torpedo buoy
  • In the United States, Coast Guard approved lifebuoys are considered Type IV personal flotation devices
  • At least one Type IV PFD is required on all boats 16 feet or more in length, except canoes and kayaks

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