What the article says is that John Aldridge did everything wrong (except saving himself). He worked 22 hours straight when he didn't have to, he worked alone in the middle of the night miles from shore, he didn't wear a pfd and he didn't have a personal EPIRB.
Commercial fishing is probably one of the last industries in America that gets away with this kind of behavior. The construction industry learned a long time ago that safe practices and safety equipment save lives. No one in the construction industry that I worked for would last a day doing what Mr. Aldridge did.
The commercial fishing industry needs to wake up and take responsibility for protecting themselves from needless risks.
Yes David. Hence the name "Lucky Bastad". I could not help but think those exact thoughts as I read the NY Times story. He should get out there and use his "claim to fame" as a means to educate people on personal deck safety. We all HATE to hear about bad endings that might have been prevented.