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Fishing and water safety

We have some suggestions to help you stay safe

man fishing in reservoir
  • Check forecast and weather conditions before you go   
  • Make sure you let someone know where you are going to fish
  • Make sure you know exactly where you are – consider something like an OS locate app for a smartphone or a map 
  • Give them an idea of when you are likely to return 
  • Take a fully charged mobile phone and check signal strength, know how to use it and who to call in an emergency 
  • Double check your fishing spot. Is it safe? For example, riverbanks can erode and just because it was safe one day doesn’t mean it still is 
  • Always dress appropriately, sturdy footwear, sun hat in hot weather, warm layers in the cold 
  • Coastal and sea fishing is particularly high risk 
  • Make sure you know your spot is safe and you won’t get cut off by the tide 
  • Expert evidence suggests that many of these lives would have been saved if the casualty had been wearing a lifejacket – Wear a lifejacket