Peterhead FC players donned safety flotation devices last week as they gave their backing to the safety at sea campaign, Sea You Home Safe.
The campaign, launched in March 2014, is continuing to call for the 12,000 fishermen across the UK to think about their safety before setting sail.
Over the past year 7,000 new lightweight PFDs, worth £100 each, have been given to fishermen across the UK under various industry-led and EFF-funded initiative.
Research, launched last week by Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, has shown that almost half (46%) of commercial fishermen in the UK consider their job to be dangerous, yet a third (34%) confessed that they rarely or never wear a, potentially lifesaving, Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
The players at Peterhead FC have been demonstrating how much room for movement the most recent iteration of the PFD allows, by sporting the lightweight piece of kit during a training session.
It is hoped that this will go some way to debunking claims that wearing a PFD hinders fishermen at sea by being cumbersome and unwieldy.
Simon Potten, Head of Safety, Training and Services at Seafish commented: “The message appears to be getting through, with regular use of PFDs up by 11%. However, there are still a large number of fishermen taking huge risks at work every single time they set foot on deck without a PFD on.”
Peterhead FC’s general manager, Nat Porter, said the team was delighted to support the campaign.
“At Peterhead FC we take the safety of our players very seriously and we would never let them onto the pitch without the correct equipment. So, when we were approached to be a part of this campaign and made aware of the difference wearing a PFD can make to the safety of fishermen at sea we were excited to get involved.”
Local skipper and Peterhead FC season ticket holder, Peter Bruce echoed the team’s calls for increased safety at sea saying: “It’s as simple as this. Fishermen should never go on deck without a PFD. The unexpected can happen at any time even in the best of conditions.. Just take that extra 30 seconds before going on deck, in other words, GET IT ON!”