16 safety tip for anglers and boaties this Easter long weekend
POLICE are expecting to see lots of anglers and boats out this Easter long weekend.
“Rock fishing can be risky in any conditions but even on a calm day, the most important piece of equipment for an angler is a life jacket,” Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchings
“I urge anyone planning to head out onto or near the water to heed our advice – we aren’t trying to spoil anyone’s fun, we are trying to save your life.”
Rock anglers are urged to follow these safety tips when they venture out:
Fishing safety tips
- Always wear a life jacket
- Make enquiries and check weather and conditions before you leave home
- Observe first/fish later: watch your intended fishing spot to get an idea of the conditions over a full swell/wave cycle
- Carry safety gear; head protection, as well as a float and line to help anyone else who might be washed into the water.
- Never fish by yourself and always stand within sight of each other
- Make sure you let family and friends know where you are going and when you’ll be back
- Carry a mobile phone
- Never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas and be aware that conditions may change dramatically in a short period of time
- Stay alert. Never turn your back on the sea
- If waves, the weather or swell threaten your fishing spot, leave immediately
- If in doubt, don’t go out
- In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Further safety information can be found at: www.safefishing.com.au.
Multilingual rock fishing safety brochures can be downloaded from the website: www.safewaters.nsw.gov.au/fishing.htm
In addition, ‘angel rings’ or life buoys have been installed at black spots along the state’s coast by the Australian National Sportfishing Association, with the support of the Department of Sport and Recreation and NSW Sporting Injuries Insurance.
The flotation devices are located on rock platforms and easily accessible in case of an emergency.
Key tips boating users should take into account include:
Boating safety tips
- Make sure you have life jackets for all on board.
- Stay alert to weather conditions and constantly monitor the Bureau of Meteorology.
- Check your craft thoroughly in all respects before heading out on the water.
- Notify others - check that a responsible person knows the description of your boat, the number of passengers, where you are going, and your expected time