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Fishermen try out flotation garb

Laine Welch
Fisheries

Published: April 12th, 2009 12:51 AM
Last Modified: April 12th, 2009 02:40 AM

KODIAK -- Falling overboard is a leading cause of death in the most dangerous job -- commercial fishing.

"It doesn't make the big headlines, like when a boat goes down with all hands lost. But these 'one-bys' really add up," said Jerry Dzugan, director of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association.

Simply wearing a personal flotation device, or PFD, could save countless lives, but sadly, fishermen resist using them. Safety advocates are trying to change that by having the fishermen field-test new models.

"Since 1990 there have been 83 commercial fishermen in Alaska who have died from falls overboard. Many were within minutes of being rescued when they lost strength and drowned. In those cases, it very clearly could have been prevented with a PFD," said..... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/756928.html

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