Fishing skills

When seconds count: Anglers practice safety and survival skills

by Jackie Nunnery

Instructor Russell Kingman shouts encouragement as a group practice maneuvers in the water with immersion suits and a life raft. A team of divers from the Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department provide water safety support.

Working on the water has its share of adventures, but also comes with many risks. To help ensure survivability for emergencies at sea, members of the Massachusetts-based Fishing Partnership Support Services on March 24-25 held a two-day Safety and Survival Course hosted by Omega Protein in Reedville.

During the training, offered free to anglers in the community, a group of Ocean Harvesters anglers received classroom-based training designed to familiarize them with everything from Mayday distress calls to flares and wrestling. against fires, donning immersion suits and boarding life rafts…..

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