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Changes to PFDs are leading to a drop in fishermen fatalities

Commercial fishing will always be a dangerous job choice but the number of fatalities is rapidly declining. In fact, for the first time in known history there were zero fatalities through the federal fiscal year of October 2014 through September 2015. To put this into perspective, an average of 31 fishermen died per year at sea in the 80s. Those numbers began to decline through the 90s and are now are now down to zero this past fiscal year. The rapid decline in fatalities can be attributed to improved safety conditions for workers, especially due to significant changes in design and use of personal flotation devices.

Coast Guard Rescues Men From Overturned Canoe

On June 28th, 2014, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel responded to a call requesting the rescue of two men whose canoe had flipped in Portage Channel. A bystander on shore called the Coast Guard, saying that he saw the two men, one 15 and the other in his early 20's, out in the water.

F/V WESTERN VENTURE Fire - Five Crewmen Rescued from Life Raft

Yesterday morning, the Coast Guard received a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) alert registered to one of crew of 49-foot, Kodiak-based WESTERN VENTURE, followed shortly by the EPIRB (Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert registered to the vessel.

Recreational Boating - General Safety

Some parts of the U.S. enjoy fair weather most of the year. In other areas, such as here in the Pacific Northwest, the warmer, sunny days are just beginning. Either way, pleasure boating season is upon us in the northern hemisphere. For most, it will indeed be a pleasure, give or take a few sunburns. But, with the all the fun, there's also a lot of responsibility.

F/V STELLA Fisherman Overboard and Rescued in Shelikof Strait, Alaska

On Friday, March 15, a 35-year-old fishermen fell overboard off 58-foot STELLA into four-foot, 37.6 degree Fahrenheit seas. The winds were blowing up to 20 mph, creating freezing spray. According to reports, the fisherman was in the water for about 25 minutes while his crewmates undertook his successful rescue. He was not wearing an immersion suit when he went overboard, and suffered hypothermia such that the crew called the Coast Guard to medevac the man for medical attention. So far, there have been no updates on the man's condition or name.

Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Requirement and Regulation Updates

Back on October 16, 2012, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (CGAA) went into effect. Soon afterward, on January 1, 2013, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (CGMTA) became law. Both these acts were instituted with provisions that they would be amended and updated as needed over time.

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