Anglers – time spent in preparation will help save your life!
Angling is a seriously popular activity, which is growing yearly. The RNLI estimate that around 1 million people participate in angling around the coast. Unfortunately, between 2011 and 2015, 50 anglers lost their lives whilst fishing around the UK coast*. Sadly, expert evidence suggests that many of those lives might have been saved if the anglers had been wearing lifejackets. You are four times more likely to survive if you are wearing a lifejacket (source Prof Mark Tipton University of Portsmouth)
Check out the video below to see what the the famous fishing guru Henry Gilbey found out about lifejackets when he visited the RNLI College at Poole.
Our top tips to follow when out angling at the coast:
- Wear a properly maintained lifejacket at all times
- Always carry a means of calling for help such as a VHF radio or fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof case
- Tell someone on land your plans eg what will the latest time you will be back and where you are going
- Consider downloading and using the RYA SafeTrx App
- Check the weather and tides before you go out
- Have a plan if things should go wrong – this angler did and it saved his life
- If you get into difficulty or see someone else that you think is in difficulty call ‘999’ or 112′ ask for the Coastguard straight away – every second counts.
HM Coastguard’s James Robertson (National Drowning Prevention Officer) advice on Sea Angling
More information on how to prepare for your angling trip at the coast can be found via this link
National Water Safety Forum – HM Coastguard film on cold water shock
Find out more about the free to use and dowload SafeTrx App
HM Coastguard ‘On the Rocks’ safety advice
How to survive if you call into the water unexpectedly if you float to live
How to get your lifejacket checked by one of the RNLI’s Community Safety Teams
Did you know that the RNLI carry out free ‘Advice on Board’ sessions onboard to help you be safer whilst out on the water
*RNLI analysis of WAID UK fatalities accidental and natural causes only 2011-15 coastal dataset