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Lifejackets useless unless worn

Maritime And Coastguard Agency Media Release

Lifejackets can make the difference between life and death – it’s as simple as that!

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has commissioned a radio advertisement with Metro Radio 97.1 FM in Newcastle and Heart FM in Norfolk and North Suffolk 102.4 FM and Essex 96.3 FM and 102.6 FM to appeal to the loved ones of commercial fishermen - to wear lifejackets whilst on deck.

David Fuller, Principal Fishing Vessel Surveyor, MCA, said:

"82 fishermen died after falling overboard between 1992 and 2006; if they had been wearing a lifejacket their chances of survival would have been far greater. In 2009 alone there have been a further 9 fatalities involving fishermen and several of these may have been prevented had they been wearing buoyancy aids on deck.

"Families where fishermen have drowned as a result of not wearing a lifejacket not only suffer the loss of their loved one, but also the legal battle than ensues when a body is not found. So keeping your body afloat isn't only imperative if you're alive, it also saves your family enormous difficulty in the event of your death.

"We are not telling fishermen anything that they don’t already know. What we are saying is - if you end up in the water, a lifejacket may give you your best chance of staying alive. Lifejackets are useless unless worn."

To listen to these advertisements click the link on the front page of the MCA website (opens in a new window). .

For advice on buoyancy aids and how best you can prevent being one of the statistics contact your local MCA Marine Office or visit the web site.

Lifejackets Save Lives

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office 
Phone: 023 8032 9401