The sea can be frightening and unpredictable, and fishermen are 115 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than the rest of the workforce.
In the past, fishermen have had access to inflatable oilskins and lifejackets. But they’ve proved too cumbersome to wear.
A sea change in safety
The Fishermen’s Mission has been working hard, as part of an initiative by the Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG), on a project to help improve the current safety record.
This has seen new lightweight and user-friendly Personal Flotation Devices (PFD), or lifejackets, being distributed to active fishermen for a small charge.
Sam Cully, an Irish fisherman, knows all too well the importance of wearing a PFD. He said, “The Fishermen’s Mission saved my life when they provided me with a PFD. A few weeks later my boat went down and I was on my own. I was in the water for some time before I was rescued. Without my PFD I would have died.”
We are firmly committed to the safety of our fishermen remaining a key priority. Can you help us? Please donate today so we can help fishermen who face death and danger every day to stay safe.