By BECKY W. EVANS
Standard-Times staff writer
October 03, 2007 6:00 AM
NEW BEDFORD — Fishing vessel safety training helped save the lives of five fishermen and a fishing observer who skillfully donned survival suits and leapt into a life raft when their scalloper began sinking off Nantucket, safety trainers said Tuesday.
The entire crew survived the incident without injuries. A day before the sinking, they had practiced an abandon-ship drill. "They did exactly what they were supposed to do," said Ted Williams, a licensed drill instructor who teaches commercial fishermen safety skills during free workshops held in this city.
The 70-foot city fishing vessel Jacob Alan was about 40 miles southeast of Nantucket when it began taking on water around 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Coast Guard. Before abandoning ship, the crew made a triple mayday call and activated its Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon, which sends a radio signal to a satellite to pinpoint the sender's Global Positioning System location.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tendered by PJ at 8:05 AM