Falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide.
Of the 210 fishermen who died from falls overboard between 2000 and 2014 NONE of them were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. Many of these fatalities would have been prevented if the fisherman had been able to float.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is the United States federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The Western States Division has just released a new fishing safety video to the Internet. It is called “Fishing Safety Success Story: My Life Vest Saved Me”. It is a quick story about a Dungeness crab fisherman from Oregon who fell overboard while setting his pots before a season opener. He was wearing a PFD and the vessel crew (including his son) were able to get him back out of the water.
You can check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuZPoUjj0vU#action=share