Cape fishermen learn skills in emergency drills

Orange smoke billowed across the restaurant’s parking lot as fishermen practiced using flares, a critical rescue tool. “Most people don’t know how to use them properly or how to ignite them properly. They can be injured, they can be burnt if they aren’t properly trained,” said Ted Williams, a former commercial fisherman and now a Coast Guard certified drill instructor. One fisherman admitted that if he had received flare training, he likely wouldn’t have blown off his thumbnail in a flare accident 15 years ago. continued