Thanks to Joanne from MCA for news of this new awareness video. A useful reminder for all who go out to sea. Ed
Two Bridlington fishermen have made a short film to encourage their fellow fishermen to wear lifejackets whilst at sea. The two minute film is entitled Lifejacket: a fisherman’s friend (embedded below).
The decision to make the film came after a panel of experts* concluded that 26 fishermen could still be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket when they were involved in an incident at sea (2007-11 figures).
It could save your life
The Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG), were so alarmed by the new statistic that they put the idea of a short film forward to fishermen Dylan Silverwood and Christopher Stewart. They then made the film, with some help from FISG members.
“I wouldn’t like to go to sea without a lifejacket”, says salmon fisherman Dylan Silverwood.
“When you hit the water, you start gasping like a fish, so unless you’ve got your lifejacket on, you could be in real difficulties.
“If you’re a fisherman, please watch our little film and consider buying a lifejacket and using it whenever you set to sea. It really is quite easy to wear one – a lifejacket isn’t heavy or cumbersome – and it could save your life.”
This is the first in a series of films that fishermen will be making about buoyancy wear for different types of fishing.