Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today we devoted the day to fishing vessel safety. We were met by Ted Harrington and Kevin Coyle from the US Coast Guard. Ted presented an overview of the safety issues involved with the commercial fishing industry. A video he showed identified some of the issues the Coast Guard faces when rescuing commercial fishing vessels that are in distress.

We then went onto two commercial fishing vessels. The first is used for scallops and the second for fish. The safety features were explained to us, including the requirements for life boats, emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), and immersion suits. I was able to get into one of those suits.

We had a great lunch just off the docks in a place named Knuckleheads. Then on to Vermont...

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