Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Put on a Life-Jacket

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Put on a Life-Jacket

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Editorial Exchange: Put on a life-jacket

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An editorial from the Corner Brook Western Star, published July 23:

It didn't take long for a tragedy to hit the food fishery in this province. During the opening weekend, a boat flipped off Bell Island and three people ended up in the frigid waters. One man died from the incident.

Reports say he wasn't wearing a life-jacket.

The food fishery is meant to be a chance for people in this province to have a little fun on the water and at the same time get some food for their tables.

It called a recreational fishery for a reason -- it isn't worth dying over.

Professional fishermen who are on their boats most of the year in all conditions too often don't wear life-jackets ... but they know the risks and are making a living by what they do.

Those who gear up a couple of times a year to haul in a cod or two aren't in the same situation and they need to make sure they aren't putting their lives at risk. …

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