The partner of a fisherman who was tragically lost at sea is backing a nationwide campaign for all workers to wear a life jacket.
Steven Robertson, 25, fell overboard from scallop dredger St Amant off the coast of Anglesey in North Wales, in January 2012. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident and his body was never recovered.
Megan Willdig, 21, was pregnant with their first child at the time and is still feeling the effects of his loss.
Without a body she has not been able to register Mr Robertson’s death, hold a funeral or put his name on their daughter Ava’s birth certificate.
Fishing accident claim
Working at sea is one of the most dangerous job categories, according to research by industry body Seafish, with almost 100 fatal accidents among fishermen recorded in the last decade.
The latest figures from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch also showed there were 260 accidents involving UK fishermen in 2012, with 44 serious injuries and six deaths.
If you have been injured in a fishing accident that wasn’t your fault then you could be entitled to make a claim.
There are several factors to consider, so why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to see if you have a valid case.
“We will never know if wearing a life jacket would have saved Steven’s life,” said Ms Willdig. “But we do know that if he was wearing a life jacket they would have been much more likely to have found his body.”
She is now backing a campaign, fronted by broadcaster Monty Halls, to get all fishermen to wear a life jacket.
The coastguard, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Fishermen’s Mission and the Fishing Industry Safety Group are currently working to provide life jackets to every commercial fisherman in the UK.
Around 7,000 have been distributed in Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England and Wales so far, with the initiative continuing throughout 2014.
Source: Somerset Live