>Fishing Vessel Stability and Safety at Sea Seminar

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CAPE MAY, NJ – Yesterday, Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay hosted a commercial fishing vessel stability and safety at sea seminar in Cape May, NJ at the Lukcy Bones Backwater Grille. Approximately 40 fishermen and related industry personnel attended in addition to Coast Guard personnel from Station Cape May, Air Station Atlantic City, and Sector Delaware Bay. This well attended and interactive seminar was also covered by the Press of Atlantic City and the Cape May Gazette.

Following the opening remarks of the Sector Commander, Captain Austin, Coast Guard members and industry representatives covered Operation Safe Catch, the voluntary dockside fishing vessel examination program, basic stability, survival suites, EPRIRB’s, life rafts, crew training, and a brief introduction to maritime recovery planning.

The seminar concluded with a presentation by Air Station Atlantic City on medevac operations, and a helicopter demonstration with a rescue swimmer and basket deployment in the creek behind the Lucky Bones Backwater Grille. For some of the fishermen, this was their first “up close and personal” experience with a hovering Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

Below are recent news stories featuring this seminar and other Operation Safe Catch activities: