Coast Guard partners to hold safety workshop for local fishermen

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to give local fishermen a day of hands-on safety training at the University of Massachusetts, Marine Science Campus here from 7:30 a.m., to 2 p.m., Friday.

The free one-day training seminar, sponsored by Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Examiners, the School for Marine Science and Technology, New Directions Southcoast, Inc., and the City of New Bedford harbor development, will be held in the Marine Science and Technology building located at 706 South Rodney French Blvd.

The training includes: fire fighting, flooding and pump operation, use of flares and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons, immersion suit donning, life raft training, as well as a helicopter static display by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. Participants are requested to bring their own immersion suits, but training suits will be provided for those without one.

The Coast Guard reminds all fishermen that the upcoming winter months can be the most dangerous to be out on the water. Training and education are the best ways to prepare for an at-sea emergency.

Fishermen can sign up by calling Fran Abreu at (508) 961-3029.

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