Successful life-jacket scheme to expand

A scheme to keep fishing boat crews safer at sea has proved so successful the Council is hoping to expand the project.

A total of 250 life-jackets with personal locator beacons have been given to people who earn their living at sea and contribute to Plymouth’s economy as part of a scheme to help reduce loss of life and accidents within the local fishing industry.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “This scheme has been so successful, we are looking to order a second batch but we need to know the level of interest from the industry

“We’ve had enquiries from fishing communities all over the country about this scheme, wanting to follow in our wake.”

The project has cross-party support as well as support from the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities, RNLI, Maritime Coastguard Agency and the fishing communities.

The Council was awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation to help fund the project which includes personal fitting and training carried out by supplier MarineCo.

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