Fishermen going to the Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen in May will all be offered free personal flotation devices from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).
A growing number of fishermen are recognising the benefits of wearing free the devices provided under the safety initiative led by SFF, with over one thousand having been handed out so far.
However, the Federation is keen that many more fishermen take advantage of the offer, with the Aberdeen Expo being seen as an ideal venue for skippers and vessel owners to collect PFDs for both themselves and their crews.
Derek Cardno, SFF Safety Officer, said: “Our fishermen have an incredibly challenging and often dangerous job in putting the seafood on our plates and every year a number of men will fall into the sea.
“In such situations, these personal flotation devices can offer fishermen a second chance if worn.
“Despite the good level of uptake so far, there are still many skippers who haven’t yet registered their interest for free PFDs for themselves and their crews, and the Aberdeen Expo provides an excellent opportunity for them to collect their devices..”
To qualify, skippers need certificates in sea survival, first aid, fire fighting and safety awareness.
Fishermen who hold a certificate of competency or service, or who have completed the risk assessment/safety awareness course, are also eligible.
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