Sea Safety

Helping our fishermen to stay safe as they carry out the UK’s most dangerous peacetime occupation is one of our priorities


Sea safety is one of our biggest priorities

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.