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Safety at Sea Highlighted at 2012 Irish Skipper Expo

Lucy Towers
08 March 2013, at 12:00am

IRELAND - The Irish Sea Fisheries Board (BIM) has highlighted the importance of safety at sea at this years Irish Skipper Expo, Galway on the 1 March with the launch of a new training guide BIM Guide to Personal Survival Techniques covering key personal survival techniques including; personal flotation devices, abandon ship, helicopter rescue and hypothermia.

The guide, approved by the National Adult Literacy Association (NALA) was developed by BIM in consultation with Dr Jason van der Velde of Medico Cork at Cork University Hospital, the Department of Transport and the Irish Coast Guard.

Over the last five years, 19 deaths at sea related to the commercial fishing and aquaculture sector have been recorded. The statistics for 2012 record seven deaths, an increase year on year for the previous four years and with two deaths already recorded this year; safety is a serious issue that must be addressed in the wider seafood sector.

Jason Whooley, BIM’s CEO emphasised the importance of completing life saving safety training; "Fishing is a dangerous occupation and the sector has already suffered from too many tragic accidents at sea in recent years. With new developments in safety on board and new technology coming on stream, we have more tools at our disposal to increase survival rates from accidents at sea but in order for these measures to be effective, all crew require the necessary training. It is therefore imperative that fishermen and aquaculture personnel, who have not already done so, complete their safety training to help prevent any further lives lost at sea."

BIM run a variety of training courses for industry, including the mandatory Basic Safety Course, in their dedicated training colleges (National Fisheries College Ireland (NFCI) Greencastle, Co. Donegal and Castletownbere, Co. Cork) and on board their coastal training units that bring training directly to ports and coastal locations around Ireland.

Get further information on upcoming courses.