Coast Guard to mark 1,000th commercial fishing safety student in Charleston, Ore

ASTORIA, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon Crab Commission and Englund Marine will hold a brief ceremony in Charleston, Ore., Wednesday, in recognition of their commercial fishing drill conductor course’s 1,000th student.

Upon the completion of the course, a certificate will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Charleston Marina in the recreation room.

The in-water portion of the course will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Charleston Marina where students will put on immersion suits and deploy a life raft.

The joint marine safety education initiative has been offered through a partnership among the Coast Guard, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, Oregon Crab Commission and various other sponsors since 2005, including Englund Marine.

“I see the difference in the students that come in to class whom have never had their immersion suit on or are unfamiliar with their life raft or uncomfortable being in the water,” said Mike Rudolph, fishing vessel safety examiner for Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore. “By the end of class they can get their suit on in less than 60 seconds, launch their life raft and get in it and know what to do. Numerous student fishermen have credited these safety courses with education that later saved their lives during marine casualties.”

Topics covered in a typical two-day course include: Immersion suits, life rafts, equipment packs, visual distress signals, fire extinguishers, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons, the seven steps to survival, hypothermia and cold water survival skills, man overboard recovery, abandon ship procedures, flooding control, Coast Guard helicopter rescue procedures, Coast Guard dewatering pumps, vessel stability and use of personal flotation devices.

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