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VIDEO: January Is Deadliest Month For Fishing Crews

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6:03am 8th January 2015

An ex-fisherman from Cornwall tells Pirate FM he almost drowned after landing a big catch and being thrown into the sea.

The RNLI says there are more trawler deaths in January than any other month.

More than half happen when boats become unstable - and capsize.

Patch Harvey is now cox of the Penlee Lifeboat. He said: "We caught quite a lot of fish, filled the boat up and the weather turned quite quick. On the way back into the harbour we went over a wave and didn't come back up.

"All of a sudden all three of us were in the water. Luckily we had a liferaft and we got in it but, if it wasn't for the liferaft we would probably have drowned.

"It happened so quick. If you're overloaded, like we were that night, we thought we were alright but just a bit of weather can make all the difference.

"We've been involved in searches when boats have gone down - we haven't found anyone."

RNLI figures show 59% of commercial fishing fatalities over the last three years are due to the boat becoming unstable, leading to capsize, leaking or swamping between 2010 and 2013.

30% of deaths happened in the month of January when seas can be rough and water temperatures are at their lowest.

The video campaign is targeted at fishermen who work on vessels under 15m in length, as the majority of fishing-related fatal incidents (73%) occurred on fishing boats in this category.

You can watch them all here.

6:03am 8th January 2015

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