Two Years Without Fatal Accidents in Fishing

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For two years in a row, there have been no fatal accidents among Icelandic fishermen, RÚV reports. It is a historic record for the country. Hilmar Snorrason, principal of the Fishermen’s Accident Prevention School (Slysavarnaskóli sjómanna, a division of ICE-SAR), says the happy news is primarily due to increased safety awareness among members of the profession.

The years 2008, 2011, and 2014 were the first in Icelandic history with no fatal accidents among fishermen. The years 2017 and 2018, however, are the first two in a row where such is the case. Hilmar says the main factor is fishermen’s attitude. “Good ships and new ships can get into accidents, but it all depends on the crew on board, how they handle security issues,” he states.

The Fishermen’s Accident Prevention School was founded in 1985, and has since then played a crucial role in educating fishermen on safety at sea. “Now fishermen have continuous safety training, which of course increases their safety awareness,” Hilmar points out. “We also see in flight that there were no fatalities because there is continuing education among pilots and those who fly. It all has the impact of slowly making people realise that they themselves create safety on their ships.”

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Friðjón (left), Aria, and Fernanda.