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Life Saving Device For Fishermen Being Launched Today

Hue Cox Weymouth Fisherman

8:21am 10th December 2013
(Updated 12:31pm 10th December 2013)

Today's the launch day for a Weymouth fisherman's new device which could save more lives at sea.

Hugh Cox has invented a special pouch that can be used to hold a personal locating beacon.

It's named the JFR in recognition of Jack, Farley and Robert - the three local fishermen who lost their lives when their boat, The Purbeck Isle, went down off Portland.

Hugh's persuaded the European Fisheries Fund to cover half the cost for 50 units which will be sold locally.

"It's nice that 50 fishermen in Weymouth have opted in for this [personal locating becon] JFR system because it's non-mandatory."

He continues to say they'll offer peace of mind.

"You can never account for every eventuality, but I think it's nice that a lot of fishermen will be going to sea safe."

"There's a little more assurance for families and friends of anyone who goes to sea that they've got one of these."

The devices are being launched alongside a safety campaign at Weymouth Angling Club from 11am this morning.

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