Table 2

Routine fishing and boating practices of deceased fishermen while still alive

VariableFishermen (n=70)
Time worked in fishing industry
 Do not know2 (3)
 <1 year7 (10)
 1–10 years47 (67)
 >10 years14 (20)
Routinely fished at night
 Yes58 (83)
 No12 (17)
Able to swim*
 Yes22 (31)
 No43 (61)
 Do not know5 (7)
Ever used a lifejacket when fishing
 Yes4 (5)
 No66 (94)
Ever used other type(s) of buoyancy device when fishing
 Yes†6 (9)
 No/Do not know64 (92)
Used to go fishing in bad weather
 Yes31 (44)
 No/Do not know39 (55)
Ever drank alcohol or used drugs while fishing
 Yes‡17 (24)
 No/Do not know53 (76)
Method(s) of power of fishing boat most commonly used§
 Engine27 (40)
 Sails, alone or with paddles4 (5)
 Paddles only36 (54)
Ever fished from a poorly maintained fishing boat§
 Yes25 (37)
 No/Do not know42 (62)
  • Data shown are N (%).

  • *Swimming ability of the person who drowned, as reported by the family member, colleague or community member who completed the questionnaire on their behalf.

  • †In all cases, the other type of buoyancy device reported was a large plastic container (such as an empty plastic fuel or water container).

  • ‡In all cases where drug use was reported, the drug taken was marijuana (khat).

  • §Data are shown for 67 fishermen who fished from boats. All of these reportedly fished from boats made from wood. Boat overloading was rarely reported (4/67; 5%). Three fishermen fished only from the shore.