A life vest stowage device 1 according to one embodiment of the disclosure comprises a receptacle 2 with an receptacle opening 3. The life vest stowage device 1 has first and second tabs 17, 18 with first and second tab apertures 25, 26. In a closed configuration, a closure flap 10 is in a folded position in which it at least partially covers the opening 3. The first and second tabs 17, 18 are exposed through the closure flap 10 to allow access to the first and second tab apertures 25. 26 from an outer side of the closure flap 10. A pull strap 12 extends from the interior volume through the opening 3 and over the outer side of the closure flap 10. The pull strap 12 has a pull strap aperture 15 securable to the first and second tab apertures 25, 26 by a frangible seal 31 in such a way that the closure flap 10 can only be moved to an unfolded position by moving the pull strap aperture 15 and the first and second tab apertures 25, 26 away from one another so as to break the frangible seal 31.