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Safety seminar in Montauk for commercial fishermen

Fishing can be a dangerous line of work — crews often brave foul weather and have to contend with potentially perilous equipment failures at sea.

To help commercial fishermen reduce those risks, organizers are holding a seminar June 23 on safety and survival training at Inlet Seafood Packing House at 541 East Lake Dr. in Montauk.

Instructors will teach participants how to deploy life rafts, send Mayday calls and put on special immersion suits designed to protect the wearer from hypothermia.

Fishermen also will  get tips on fighting fires, flooding and pump operation and the use of flares, said Antoinette Clemetson, the marine fisheries specialist with New York Sea Grant who organized the course. NY Sea Grant is a joint marine research program of the state university system and Cornell University.

The seminar is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to dress appropriately and bring their own immersion suits; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The registration fee is $10, payable by check to Cornell University. For further information, call (631) 727-3910, extension 11.

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