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Fishing Safety Success Story: Man, This Could Be It

September 2019
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2019-163

Total running time: 5:20

Lobstermen have the highest number of fatal falls overboard among commercial fishermen in the Northeast U.S. from 2010-2014. NONE of the victims were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. In the fall of 2016, Gerry fell overboard while mooring his lobster boat; he wasn’t wearing a PFD. Water filled his oilskins and he was unable to re-board his boat. He struggled in the water for 15 minutes before being rescued by his brother. He’s now a vocal advocate for the necessity of PFDs when working on or around the water. Find your flotation at

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Year: 2019
Video Pub. No.: 2019-163 
Total running time: 5:20

Suggested Citation

NIOSH [2019]. Fishing Safety Success Story: Man, This Could Be It. By Teske T. Spokane, WA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2019‐163

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