The U.S. Coast Guard held a Commercial Fisherman Drill Conductor Course in Astoria and Warrenton Thursday and Friday.

It offered the course through a partnership with Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission and Englund Marine. Fishermen learned skills to help them survive maritime emergencies.

Organizers said the course emphasizes the relationship between equipment, training and attitude, otherwise known as the ‘survival triangle’.

Regulations require certain safety equipment onboard commercial fishing vessels. But if a mariner doesn’t know how to use that equipment, it's useless. When student fishermen are formally educated about their safety equipment practice while supervised by maritime safety experts, the ‘survivor’s attitude’ kicks in, organizers said. If faced with a dire situation, after proper training and practice, a person is more likely to think like a survivor.

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