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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Observer Training

Precedures for Rough Water at Sea, Crossing Hazardous Bars, Flooding
  • Close all watertight and weathertight doors, hatches, and airports to prevent taking on water or to prevent further flooding of the vessel.
  • Keep bilges dry to prevent loss of stability. Use power driven bilge, pumps, hand pumps, and buckets if necessary to dewater.
  • Check all intake and discharge lines which penetrate the hull for leakage.
  • Ensure all equipment and gear is securely tied down to prevent injury.
  • Personnel should remain as stationary as possible to avoid possible injury.
  • Personnel should don lifejackets and or exposure suits if the going becomes very rough, the vessel is about to cross a hazardous bar, or when otherwise instructed by the master or individual in charge of the vessel.
  • Maintain communications with either the Coast Guard or another vessel when you feel you may be in danger. Upon imminent danger, activate your 406 EPIRB. If the situation stabilizes, deactivate the EPIRB and contact the Coast Guard.
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