Always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach. If it can’t be reached in an emergency, it’s no help.
More than a million people in the UK and Ireland enjoy angling - either from a boat or from the shore.
While angling might not seem like a particularly dangerous coastal sport, RNLI lifeboats were launched 661 times to anglers in 2015. The majority of angling fatalities were those fishing from areas of exposed shoreline. Many of these people might have been saved if they had been wearing a lifejacket and had taken a means of calling for help.
Here are some top tips to enjoy angling safely:
- Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach. If it can’t be reached in an emergency, it’s no help.
- Wear a lifejacket.
- Check the weather and tides.
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions and your trip.
Watch: Colm Plunkett was fishing with his daughter when a rogue wave washed him into the sea. He credits his lifejacket for keeping him alive, and wants to encourage other anglers to wear a lifejacket.