Bord Iascaigh Mhara: Live to tell the Tale

Agency: DDFH&B

Introduction & Background

Fishing is universally acknowledged as one of the most hazardous professions in the world[i] According to the HSA (Health and Safety Authority in Ireland), fishing is 13 times more dangerous than construction and 36 times more dangerous than general employment.

The average Irish fisherman encounters four to five near misses each year[ii]. In Ireland, 53 fishermen have died over the last 10 years - a fatality rate that is 69% higher than in the UK[iii] - and most of them weren't wearing any Personal Flotation Device (PFD)[iv].

There is only so much that can be done to prevent a fisherman from going overboard and only one thing that can save them once in the water - their PFD.

The reason for this is that immersion in cold water rapidly incapacitates and can kill even the best swimmers. A prior accident on deck could also mean a fisherman is already unconscious or physically impaired when they hit the water.