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    Immersion suit instructor Mark Bisnette pulls in the raft that the students will attempt to climb into during a safety and survival training program for fishermen at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland on Thursday.

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    Safety Training Coordinator Luis Catala briefs the class prior to the participation in the six training events, First Aid/CPR, Damaged Control, Life Raft/Flares, Immersion Suits and Firefighting, put on by Fishing Partnership Support Services for fishermen at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland on Thursday.

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    Joe Hogan of York learns to put out a gas fire as he is held by team partner Deb Sherman of Hancock as part of Thursday's safety and survival training program for fishermen.

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    Jeff White of York learns the proper way to put out a gas fire as team partner Jamie Heaney of South Berwick holds on to him Thursday.

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    Instructor Mark Bisnette instructs fishermen on how to use immersion suits prior to jumping into the water at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland on Thursday.

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    A fisherman learns how to jump into the water safely while wearing an immersion suit at a safety and survival training program for fishermen at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland on Thursday.

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    Fishermen learn how to climb onto a raft while wearing immersion suits Thursday. Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

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    Fishermen learn how to group together while wearing immersion suits Thursday.

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    Fishermen learn how to climb aboard an emergency raft wearing immersion suits at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland on Thursday.

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