Lobstermen Say Going Overboard More Common Than Thought


Portland Press Herald: Lobstermen say a young man who was pulled overboard and down into the dangerously cold ocean Wednesday [February 12] when his foot got caught in a lobster trap line is lucky that his crew mates reacted quickly and knew exactly what to do. And they said it’s not uncommon to fall overboard on the job.

“It’s a lot more common than people know,” said David Cousens of Spruce Island, president of the 1,200-member Maine Lobstermen’s Association. “I’ve almost gone over twice in 40 years. I had the rope around my feet both times, and luckily had a sternman who acted quickly and got me undone.”

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