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Mother of Purbeck Isle Fisherman Appeals to Fellow Boatman to Wear Protective Gear

Fishing Boat

8:05am 6th March 2014

The mother of a young Weymouth fisherman who lost his life at sea is urging all fishermen to wear a lifesaving device.

Maxine Prowse's son Robert drowned when his boat, The Purbeck Isle sunk off the Dorset coast in 2012.  His body has never been found.

7,000 thousand fishermen around the UK have now been given a new personal floatation device which would automatically inflate if they fell over board.

But only 37% of fishermen are known to wear them, when figures also show a quarter of them have experienced an incident at sea in the past where their life was at risk.

Speaking to Wessex FM Maxine said:

" I know they think they're big strong men, but they've got to start thinking of their family and their children.  Personally I think they think they're indestructible, but they're not."

"Health and safety on a fishing vessel must be top priority.  Put your PFD on - save yourselves."

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