What is a PFD you might ask. Its a personal floatation device, more commonly known as a lifejacket. It is a very important life saving piece of equipment. Yet the fishers of Prince Edward Island will not wear them, why? Well they claim they are too bulky, too hard to work in and so on. Not to many months ago two Tignish fishers drown while a third managed to swim to shore. Just recently a young fisherman drown at the Eastern end of the island. These are just the two incidents I’m highlighting, but they have been so many more down the years. In both cases they were not wearing any form of floatation devices. I have trouble understanding the reasons behind these tragic accidents. It seem to me we had a great fuss and much protesting over wearing seat belts. Yet today the vast majority of motorist use the seat belts. Wearing a PFD has been demonstrated again and again as a valuable life saving tool. Is it because its not Macho to be seen wearing a PFD, or because the older fishers do not set the example? When anyone is on the water their vessel is their life support system, without it there are in grave danger. Fires, storms and sinking are all hazards at sea, if a crew member has to abandon his vessel it would seem wise to do it wearing a PFD. Finally the Dept of Health and Safety are looking into making wearing of PFDs mandatory. That’s long been required, but will not be the complete answer. At sea there is no one to see if you are wearing it or not, that is your personal decision. Its up to those individuals to make the sensible choices. I leave you with this thought, if wearing a PFD might save your life someday, why would you not wear one????
God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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