Safety first

Participants in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn squint into the glare of signal flares Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Participants in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn squint into the glare of signal flares Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Participants in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn squint into the glare of signal flares Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point in Groton. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications.

Matt Lyman, an environmental analyst with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection who works on board the Research Vessel John Dempsey, climbs out of an inflatable lifeboat after taking a training plunge in a survival suit during a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Matt Lyman, an environmental analyst with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection who works on board the Research Vessel John Dempsey, climbs out of an inflatable lifeboat after taking a training plunge in a survival suit during a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Coast Guard petty officers Peter Beaulieu, back, and Joshua Stewart, demonstrate setting-up a dewatering pump as part of a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Coast Guard petty officers Peter Beaulieu, back, and Joshua Stewart, demonstrate setting-up a dewatering pump as part of a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Charles Loria, who fishes on his uncles boats out of Stonington, sprays a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher on a gasoline fire with backup from New London fisherman Michael Carvalho as local fishing boat crews along with other maritime personnel from the region participate in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Charles Loria, who fishes on his uncles boats out of Stonington, sprays a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher on a gasoline fire with backup from New London fisherman Michael Carvalho as local fishing boat crews along with other maritime personnel from the region participate in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Jenifer Yeadon, right, with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, turns away from the glare and smoke of the signal flares as local fishing boat crews along with other maritime personnel from the region participate in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Jenifer Yeadon, right, with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, turns away from the glare and smoke of the signal flares as local fishing boat crews along with other maritime personnel from the region participate in a safety and survival training program offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services with sponsorship from Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Avery Point. Participants received training on person-overboard, fire and flares, survival suits, flooding and pump operations, life raft equipment and emergency communications. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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