Step Change In Safety has issued the following warning:
Cracks in watercraft OEM maintainance pennants
During routine five-yearly NDT inspection, cracks were found in the bottom fork of the FPDs fitted to the Mills release gear on Watercraft lifeboats. Further investigation revealed similar failures on other boats fitted with this combination of equipment.
It is not currently known what the cause of the cracking is. Investigations are continuing.
The failure is currently believed to relate solely to Mills OEM equipment.