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Sea Survival

Know when to abandon ship, how to deploy your survival craft, get everyone aboard, and what to do once you're away from the boat.

Sea Survival

Adapted from, Beating the Odds: A Guide to Commercial Fishing Safety, 7th Edition, Jerry Dzugan and Susan Clark Jensen, 2018

Fishing is hazardous work. Incidents such as the above happen year-round in the United States. Hardly a week goes by without a news story describing the sinking of a fishing vessel. When you carefully read the accounts, a common thread emerges:

  • The survivors usually had immersion (survival) suits, PFDs, and/or life rafts.

  • They sent a Mayday or had an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).

  • They knew enough about their survival gear to make it work for them, and (d) they had the will to



Do you know how to survive the loss of your fishing vessel? The following proven procedures will increase your ability to survive the loss of your ship at sea.

Sinking longline fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska.

Abandon ship!

Flooding, fire, capsizing, or grounding may someday make your vessel unsafe. Abandoning ship may become necessary, but it is a serious decision.

Life raft rescue off the coast of Carteret, North Carolina.

Life Raft Survival

The seven Steps to Survival provide a guide to the necessary tasks for surviving aboard a life raft.

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