Friday, 21 April 2017 09:09

Fishermen get safety and survival training in Jonesport Featured

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JONESPORT - Commercial fishing is a dangerous occupation, lives are lost, loved ones are left behind and those that come back are often injured.

Survival and safety training that took place in Jonesport Thursday, could help turn statistics around.


Just about every fishing community in Maine has a memorial to the men and women who have lost their lives at sea. There is always hope fewer names will be added.


"We're here to address all the different types of emergency situations that occur at sea and teach the fishermen about the equipment they have to address those and some of the skills they need to make sure they can get back safely." said Ed Dennehy, Director of Safety Training.


Fishing is among the most dangerous occupations. The Maine Lobstermen's Association and Fishing Partnership Support Services are providing the training for free. They are teaching everything from putting out fires on boats to getting into survival suits.


Future fisherman, Brandon Morse said "Say your crew mate gets a deep gash or something, usually people panic and don't know what to do.hopefully this will help them calm down so they know what they are doing."


"I learned how to use a fire extinguisher." said another future fisherman Devin Beal.


It's something both groups hope they will never have to use but they say it's far better to be prepared.


"We learn to prevent going overboard but if they do then how to get back on the boat, what are the steps they need to take and also if somebody needs to be hoisted off the boat by the coast guard what are the steps they need to take to prepare for that." added Morse.


Fisherman Timothy Kane stated "We've had fires aboard the boat. We've had to deploy fire extinguishers. We've had to do a lot of different stuff. I've had broken bones on the boat. You have to use all kinds of medical equipment."


"We're not going to make them experts in one day but hopefully they can take that information back to the boat and apply that." concluded Dennehy.