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Fishing is a deadly business, but many fishermen won't wear life preservers

One rogue wave or false step, an ankle caught in a line, is all it takes to cast a fisherman overboard. But those risks have never been enough to convince Rick Beal that it's worth wearing a life preserver.

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Will lobstermen wear PFDs?

Think of the Maine lobsterman and a few iconic images come to mind: a rugged boat with a wire trap on the rail; gloved hands holding a thrashing lobster and a gauge to measure whether it's of legal size; a salty-looking fisherman wearing a T-shirt, oil pants and rubber boots, but no PFD (personal floatation device, or life jacket.)

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Wanted: Lobstermen willing to try out life vests

A regional safety organization is looking for recruits to test customized personal flotation devices to prevent drownings.

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Maine Lobstermen to Help Design Flotation Devices Aimed at Preventing Drownings

A regional safety organization plans to recruit lobstermen in Maine to help design a personal flotation device, or PFD.  The aim is to prevent drownings.

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December 2016 WANTED: Lobstermen willing to try out life vests- The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety is asking New England lobstermen to help design a life jacket they would actually wear every day.

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