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Middle school lobstermen take survival training

On May 26, a group of 10 middle schoolers gathered for a U.S. Coast Guard-certified drill conductor training session at the Blue Hill YMCA/Lawrence Fitness Center. The kids, whose ages ranged from 9 to 13, are all residents of Deer Isle or Stonington and have student lobster licenses. (The minimum age for a student lobster and crab fishing license is 8).

John McMillan swims among middle school safety trainees

John McMillan swims among middle school safety trainees

John McMillan, founder of MOST, swims among middle school safety trainees at the YMCA on May 26.

Photo by Maggie White

Tom Duym leads

Tom Duym leads

Tom Duym, education specialist at MCCF, leads the pool portion of middle school lobstermen safety training course on May 26.

Photo by Maggie White

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Island Fishermen’s Wives Association members

Island Fishermen’s Wives Association members

IFWA member Debbie Robbins, left, and Suzy Shepard stand in front of the pool where middle school lobstermen training took place on May 26.

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Middle school lobster safety trining on may 26 survival suits

Middle school lobster safety trining on may 26 survival suits

Middle schoolers prepare to enter the pool in survival suits at lobstermen safety training session on May 26.

Photo by Maggie White