Skip to comments.Man dragged under by crab pot, drowns
Posted on 09/02/2013 11:04:45 AM PDT by artichokegrower
A man died Sunday morning in Tomales Bay when he fell over the side of a boat while dumping a crab pot into the water just a few hundred yards off shore, according to the Marin County Fire Department.
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How can it be that a man doing that kind of work, didn't make a sheath knife a part of his work clothes.
Just another empty shell of a man.
Exactly what I was going to ask. I never go into the woods or on the water without a sheath knife. I suspect some leftist moron taught him that "knives are bad", so he drowned with no "bad" tools on him.
Sometimes your the fisherman and sometimes your the fish.
man likely was wearing heavy oilskins, boots, gloves, etc.
the shock of hitting cold water, and being pulled under rapidly, probably would have negated attempts to get to a belt-loop mounted sheath and knife.
i grew up on the islands off coastal Maine Not unusual to find a lobster boat circling, sans fisherman, in any given year
..dangerous work...safer to be a cop..
What are the chances of not dropping said knife if one is suddenly yanked overboard and pulled under water?
Have you ever watched Deadliest Catch? Things like that happen so fast there is almost no time to react. It’s also likely that he may have been knocked unconscious by getting slammed into the rail as the pot dragged him over the side.
There are dangers in most every job.
Once in a while a worker gets dragged through a mulcher.
Farmers get caught in machinery, electric workers get electrocuted, you can die at any time. Be ready with the Lord.
Why would he have his knife in his hand before he was already being dragged overboard, it sounds like he was totally surprised.
Why would you want to argue against the everyday tool that he should have had on him and that would probably have saved his life, anyway?
>>..dangerous work...safer to be a cop..<<
Paleeeeze! Safer to be a cop? What makes you think police work is dangerous? It doesn’t make the list for America’s Ten Most Dangerous Jobs.
So you are under water and you pull your knife and cut the rope.
I used to serve in a military unit that tested us by blind folding us while we were fully armed and dressed, and having us walk into water, the test was to simulate patrolling in pitch dark and then suddenly finding yourself in a river or pond, a person merely lets things settle down for a second and then deals with the situation.
While you guys are arguing against a knife being helpful, I personally would have had a knife, I carry two on me everyday just living regular life, and would sure have had one appropriate to doing that work.
Oh please... not everyone is a panicky dork, and hopefully not most men who make their living on fishing boats. You describe a sheath knife the way the media describes a pistol used in a crime, overly dramaticly and using far too many words.
I have long been an opponent of legalized pot.
Many years ago I read about a rescue woman who was dropped into the water to rescue a pilot, while I wondered at a woman with little upper strength doing that work, the article said that she lost the pilot because she did not have a knife to cut him out of his harness, or chute lines or something.
How insane is that?
I’m not arguing against a knife being helpful. Did you even read what I said? Did they test you by dragging you into a ship’s rail at a speed that could easily break your leg and split your skull wide open? Every crew member on every boat in the series Deadliest Catch does carry a knife so your assumption that he didn’t have a knife is just intellectual laziness.
Gee, I hope people are more charitable to you if you someday have a fatal accident (which I hope does not happen).
There’s only so much one can do with a sudden thing like this. He might have dropped his knife, been hit on the head, swallowed water immediately and started to choke, etc.
Just be right with the Lord, that’s the best preparation. Do the other things too, but you never know at the last minute.
The American workplace is less dangerous than it was last year, but at these 10 jobs every day is a gamble.
Fatality rate per 100,000 workers: 121.2
Median wage: $30,220
Forty fishermen lost their lives last year, according to the Labor Department's annual report on workplace fatalities.
But things used to be much worse: "Conditions were so bad, the loss of life and vessels was so great that getting insurance was starting to be a major problem," said Leslie Hughes, who founded the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners' Association Vessel Safety Program, which trains fishermen in safety skills such as fire prevention, damage control and cold water survival.
The training has helped, but so have big changes to the fishing quota system. Instead of each crew working around the clock in all sorts of weather to catch as many fish as they can before a fleet-wide cap is reached, boats get assigned individual quotas they can fill at anytime within the season.
"Under the old system, they had to get out as soon as they could and fish as quickly as they could," said Hughes. "They can get out of the weather now."
Heck, I’m sitting here at a computer and have a serrated Spyderco Delica clipped in my pocket, as I do most of the time (98%+) I’m not dressed for bed. I can’t imagine not having one at hand. Maybe it happened too fast, and he was taken down to depth very quickly, such that a knife didn’t matter?
In any case, some added buoyancy from a life vest, a knife, and some quick thinking would have likely led to a favorable outcome here.
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