Fishermen and seafarers urged to wear lifejackets

Two Bridlington fishermen have made a short film to

encourage their fellow fishermen to wear lifejackets whilst at sea.

The

two-minute film, entitled Lifejacket: a fishermans friend can be seen by clicking here.

The decision to make the film came

after a panel of experts concluded that 26 fishermen could still be

alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket when they were involved

in an incident at sea, according to 2007-11 figures.

The Fishing Industry Safety

Group (FISG), were so alarmed by the new statistic that they put the

idea of a short film forward to fishermen Dylan Silverwood and

Christopher Stewart.

They then made the film, with some help from FISG

members.


Salmon fisherman Mr Silverwood said: ‘I wouldnt like to go to sea without a lifejacket.

‘When you hit the water, you start gasping like a fish,

so unless youve got your lifejacket on, you could be in real

difficulties.’

He urged his fellow seafarers to watch their film and ‘consider buying a

lifejacket and using it whenever you set to sea.’

He added: ‘It really is quite

easy to wear one – a lifejacket isnt heavy or cumbersome – and it could

save your life.’


This is the first in a series of films that fishermen will be making about buoyancy wear for different types of fishing.