As Nova Scotians gather at the Pictou Lobster Carnival on Saturday, fishing safety advocates will be on hand to promote personal floatation device (PFD) use and encourage safe fishing practices.
A local fishing crew will participate in an emergency safety drill to demonstrate how a PFD can save someone’s life in a man overboard situation.
In addition to the demonstration, Lobster Carnival attendees will be asked to consider an important question – “Who do you wear your PFD for?” – as they make a handprint PFD pledge through an activity on the wharf.
These man overboard drills and community activities are part of an ongoing initiative to raise awareness of the high levels of injuries and fatalities in Nova Scotia’s fishing industry. Recent data shows that fishermen are 46 times more likely to be killed at work than working Nova Scotians in general. In 2013 alone, there were eight fatalities in the fishing industry. So far in 2014 two people have died fishing.
The man overboard drill will happen at 2:15 p.m. (in between the Boat Races) at Pier C.