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Fishing Safety Funding

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:49pm 7th February 2012.

A Duchy MP secures funding for emergency stop valves on fishing boats.

South-east Cornwall's Sheryll Murray has written to maritime officials after husband Neil lost his life at sea.

Now trawlers will be able to apply to cover some of the cost.

She says it will boost safety: "No-one knows more than I do that our fishermen do a heroic and very dangerous job and I hope they will now all fit emergency stop valves to their vessels as soon as possible".

Mrs Murray says sometimes, paying for safety measures like this can take a back seat: "Knowing fishermen as I do and understanding the economic pressures they face; fuel costs, harbour dues and insurance costs having to be found from the catch before they can provide for their families, I understand only too well how this can happen".

Shipping Minister Mike Penning has refused to make the valves a legal requirement, saying this would wipe out the extra funding and make it too expensive for small crews.

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