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Lifejackets and health checks for fishermen

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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NEWLYN'S fishermen will next week have the opportunity to pick up a free lifejacket and get an update about health and safety at sea.

The initiative has been devised by the Fishermen's Mission, one of whose stated duties is to promote and, whenever possible, provide safety equipment for active fishermen.

Recently the mission partnered local authorities in Northern Ireland and Scotland and was able to distribute lifejackets to fishermen in those communities.

Now, together with Seafish, the government-sponsored fisheries body, the mission has secured European funding to provide lifejackets for fishermen here in Cornwall.

"This is an ideal opportunity to keep our fishermen safe," said Keith Dickson the Superintendent at the Fishermen's Mission.

"Fishermen are working all hours and tides; their health and wellbeing is often put to one side. Therefore we are working with the local NHS to give the fishermen a health check when they pick up their lifejacket."

Fishermen wishing to attend have the opportunity to turn up at one of the two events which take place at 6pm on Tuesday and at noon on Wednesday, both at the Fishermen's Mission in Newlyn.

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