Coast Guard stresses the importance of life jackets, proper sleep while crabbing

The crabbing vessel Senja departed the Westport, Wash., marina at approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2013, with four  people aboard,  for a week-long crabbing excursion. On Jan. 15, at approximately 6 p.m., the crew began hauling and resetting crab pots, working for several hours. The captain of the vessel commented that the weather was very mild. Though it was dark, there were 2-3 foot swells, no wind, and excellent visibility. A crewmember fell overboard, suddenly and unexpectedly, entering the water headfirst,,,,,Read more

  • Though the Coast Guard is on point with crew members wearing the proper survival and safety gear while on deck, proper sleep and working on a fishing boat usually is done on the trip out, and maybe on the trip back in. As they say on the Deadliest Catch, “when your on the crab, you don’t waste a moments time.’ Staying up for a day or longer, is a well known part of the job.