The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network

            A charity registered in Scotland - RegNo:: SC039015

29
Apr

For safety’s sake

THE Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has reported a more than 50 per cent rise in fatal sea angling incidents - 11 sea anglers lost their lives while sea angling in 2007, which was up from seven in 2006.

It added that all the deaths occurred last year between May and October, with seven happening whilst fishing from a boat and four whilst angling from the shore.

Richard Jackson, the MCA’s prevention team manager says that given the number of anglers who participate in their sport, the rate of fatal accidents is still relatively low, but anglers do not appear to appreciate the need to wear lifejackets, particularly when angling from hostile coastal areas.

In an incident involving five anglers whose vessel sank, three were wearing lifejackets and were recovered, the other two did not have lifejackets and were not.

“Better preparation is a key factor,” says Richard Jackson.

“Wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid will aid your survival in our cold seas, and angling in company with others will ensure that there will be someone on hand to raise the alarm.”

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