Originally Posted by rbk
Just don’t look at the casualty numbers of AK fishermen. Most don’t wear floatation.
Injuries and death come far more from machinery+fatigue than drowning. I don't know of any drowning deaths in my fleet since I worked seiners. Most I know got sucked into the anchor
roller or deck winch
, crushed by pots/ loaded nets, or pinned by a tow line.
I did take a 30 foot flight overboard
when a towline got caught on the stern rail during a turn, then came free just in time to catch me across the shoulders. Water
was cold enough to bring me back to consciousness, luckily enough, and the adrenaline rush got me back on board quicker than I'd have thought possible. Floaties would've been more hindrance than help there, as well, unless I didn't wake up.
, I'm religious about tethering in out of the cockpit
or in a blow. But no floaties there either in the normal course of things.