Fibrelight are very happy to have delivered 55 Self Recovery Ladders to the Dorset and East Devon FLAG who are an initiative of the Marine Management Organisation and part of the European Maritime Fisheries Fund.
The Self Recovery Ladders have been developed over the past year to ensure a lighter, stronger and easily operated product on the market. A lot of time and innovation has gone into the development of making the ladders; by working closely with the local FLAG, there has been contribution from local professionals who will end up using the ladder on their fishing vessels.
The Self Recovery Ladders have been funded by the local government for the fishermen of the Dorset FLAG. Matt Adams from Fibrelight says ‘I hope these ladders never need to be used but in the event of a man overboard, these could save a life. The safety of people involved in commercial maritime has long been overlooked and now is the time for an industry change’.
This first delivery of ladders is to be followed up by Fibrelight at the Seawork show in July this year where the Self Recovery Ladder will be displayed on the Fibrelight stand and also nominated for the Innovations Showcase Award.
Steve Postles from the Dorset and East Devon FLAG said ‘we are really pleased to receive the ladders. Each one of our vessels from the smallest fishing boat to the harbourmasters RIB will now have one of these ladders. We are very happy to promote this as it will help towards a safer industry for us all’.
Photographed are some of the pupils from Mr Postles Fishing College based in Lyme Regis receiving the lightweight Self Recovery Ladders.
‘Being given the chance to design and produce these ladders for a local FLAG has been an honour. If we can save just one life, it will have all been worth it’, says Matt.