When seconds matter: Fishermen practice safety and survival skills

by Jackie Nunnery

Instructor Russell Kingman shouts encouragement as a group practices maneuvers in the water with immersion suits and a life raft. A dive team from the Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department offers safety support in the water.

Working on the water has its share of adventure, but there are also plenty of risks. To help ensure the survivability of emergencies at sea, members of the Massachusetts-based Fishing Partnership Support Services on March 24 and 25 ran a two-day safety and survival course hosted by Omega Protein in Reedville.

During the training, offered free to community fishermen, a group of Ocean Harvesters fishermen went through classroom and training designed to familiarize them with everything from mayday distress calls and signal flares, to firefighting, donning immersion suits and boarding life rafts…..

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