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A scheme to keep fish­ing boat crews safer at sea has proved so suc­cess­ful that Ply­mouth City Coun­cil hopes to ex­pand the project.

A to­tal of 250 life-jack­ets with per­sonal lo­ca­tor bea­cons have been given to peo­ple who earn their liv­ing at sea and con­trib­ute to Ply­mouth’s econ­omy. It’s part of a scheme to help re­duce loss of life and ac­ci­dents within the lo­cal fish­ing in­dus­try.

The project has sup­port from the In­shore Fish­eries Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­i­ties, RNLI, Mar­itime Coast­guard Agency and the fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The coun­cil was awarded £77,000 from the Euro­pean Mar­itime and Fish­eries Fund and the Mar­itime Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion to help fund the project, which in­cludes per­sonal fit­ting and train­ing.

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