Here are a few safety tips to consider when fishing off the rocks around our rugged Cornish Coast:
- Always tell someone reliable where you are going and keep in touch if you change the plan.
- Never fish alone, a group of three is best, because if one falls in the sea, one can go for help , while the other stays with the casualty .
- Inform your shore contact of time of your planned return.
- Wear a Life Jacket or Floatation Aid if fishing from a hazardous position.
- Wear suitable non-slip shoes and be aware of slippery or crumbling rocks ( avoid walking across seaweed).
- Check out the weather forecast before you go BUT keep a close eye on the weather as it can change quickly.
- Check the tide times to ensure you don't become cut off as tide comes in.
- NEVER enter the water to land a fish or retrieve lost/snagged tackle.
- NEVER enter the water to rescue someone, instead throw something bouyant in or a rope and call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
- Choose a safe place to fish, well above the swell .
- Arrive early to watch the wave swell through a full cycle before deciding if its a safe spot.
- Plan an escape back to shore incase you do get washed off the rocks , into the sea.
- Choose somewhere where your mobile phone has a signal
- Don't panic if you are washed in…swim out safetly and choose a safe place to get back ashore…
- Don't drink alcohol…save it until you're safely home.
Enjoy Rock Fishing but always respect the power of the sea…here is a link to a useful youtube video , " Don't Put Your Life on the Line" please click below:
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