Crew from the fishing boat Maggie have become the first beneficiaries of a Plymouth City Council scheme aimed at saving lives at sea.
Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, joined Councillor Tudor Evans to present the first of 250 life-jackets to fishermen Joel Dunn and Daniel Ackland.
The Council has been awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation for the scheme to help reduce loss of life and accidents within the local fishing industry.
The life-jackets, which have in-built locator beacons, have now arrived and will be distributed by Saltash company MarineCo.
The project has been 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.
Council Bowyer said: “As always, it is great to see a project start from the ground and then eventually come to fruition.
“The fishing economy is so important to Plymouth as a whole and it is only right that the council does its bit to recognise what an important but dangerous occupation fishing can be.
“This project has significant cross-party support from our councillors and MPs as well as the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities, RNLI, Maritime Coastguard Agency and importantly, the fishermen and their families. It will not only benefit the fishermen, their families and the community, but will contribute to reducing costs to the RNLI and the emergency services.”