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Immersion Suit

An immersion suit, or survival suit (or more specifically an immersion survival suit), is a special type of waterproof suit that protects the wearer from hypothermia from immersion in cold water, after abandoning a sinking or capsized vessel, especially in the open ocean. They usually have built-on feet (boots), and a hood, and either built-on gloves or watertight wrist seals. Survival suits are normally made out of red or bright  orange or yellow fire-retardant neoprene, for high visibility on the open sea. The Neoprene material used is synthetic rubber, closed cell-foam, containing a multitude of tiny air bubbles making the suit sufficiently buoyant to also be a personal flotation device.
The seams of the neoprene suit are sewn and taped to seal out the cold ocean water, and the suit also has strips of SOLAS specified retroreflective tape on the arms, legs, and head to permit the wearer to be located at night from a rescue aircraft or ship.