Period: Flock Hair
Cat No: 35013
"An authentic outfit to bring to life the drama of real sea rescues undertaken by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The sea rescue outfit includes oilskin jacket and trousers, life jacket and trousers, boots, breeches buoy rescue set with pulley.", reads the Equipment Manual. The original Breeches Buoy set was intended for the 1966-70 to accessorise the Action Sailor. The set was adapted for the UK market in 1974 and became the R.N.L.I Sea Rescue set, and the letters were applied to the jacket in replacement for the NAVY letters. The new rebranded outfit's accessories included a life jacket:
ACTION MAN R.N.L.I SEA RESCUE: R.N.L.I. 'Oilskin' jacket, trousers, breeches buoy and pulley, flare pistol, signal light, R.N.L.I. life vest, information leaflet. Equipment Manual.
The Breeches Buoy that is included in this set is a rescue / transportation device to carry sailors to and from vessels whilst at sea. The set's oilskin hooded jacket bears the letters R.N.L.I. and they are included on the life vest too. The RNLI oilskins are a little shinier than the preceeding Breeches Buoy's oilskins which had a suggestion of texture backing behind them. The life jacket should have three hooped straps heat-welded to the back of the vest. One of the bottom ones contains a split ring to connect all three togther behind the wearer. The breeches buoy is of same design as the first set. It's interesting to note that the images taken for the 1974 Equipment Manual, and apparantly the briefing given to the illustrator for the box art both depict the earlier 'Life Vest' and not the RNLI production life vest. The figure at the time of release was a gripping hand flocked hair Action Man - we show a later bearded Eagle Eyes figure in the images.