More funding for lifesaving lifejackets

We’re looking to keep more fishing crews safer at sea by extending our successful lifejacket scheme.

The Council has won more funding through European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 60 more E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons.

The Council was awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation last year for the scheme to help reduce loss of life and accidents within the local fishing industry.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Fishing is one of the key industries in Britain’s Ocean City, but it is also one of the most dangerous, which is why we wanted to do our bit to support this important sector.

 “It’s been a phenomenal success. Look at #wearitforthem – families of fishing crews who land catch in Plymouth have been proudly sharing their pictures on social media. We’ve had calls from across the country, from Cornwall to the Highlands, asking about how they can copy this scheme.”

The life-jackets have in-built locator beacons and were distributed by Saltash company, MarineCo. The project was designed with input from fishermen’s representatives and the emergency services to create a more coordinated community approach to training and equipment to reduce the number of fishermen’s lives lost at sea.

The scheme has cross-party support from councillors and MPs as well as the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities, RNLI, Maritime Coastguard Agency and importantly, the fishermen and their families.