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    Essential safety equipment to bring on a fishing trip


    What kind of essential safety equipment to bring on a fishing trip depends on the circumstances, but it is extremely important to have these on you.

    Essential safety equipment to bring on a fishing trip

    If for example, you are going on a trip in your own boat and you are heading more than two miles out, you should always carry:

    • Navigation equipment, including a chart and compass. A depth sounder and GPS will also be extremely useful.
    • Bailer or bucket. Even if you have a bilge pump, a bucket may come in handy for putting out fires and more.
    • Communication equipment, which should include VHF radio, mobile phones, locator beacons and flares
    • An anchor weighing no less than 1.5 kg per metre of your boat’s length with a chain that is at least as long as your boat
    • Fire extinguishers, boat hook and throwing line with floating weight, minimum length 12 metres
    • Alternative power (spare oars, paddles or outboard motor)
    • Buoyancy aids and life jackets
    • Radar reflector, which helps other vessels to you in a smaller boat at night

    The following items are essential safety equipment to bring on a fishing trip regardless of whether you are going in your own boat or participating in a chartered trip:

    • First aid kit including sea sickness remedies, sun block and insect repellent
    • Torch
    • Knife
    • Warm, protective clothing, hat and polarised sunglasses
    • Mobile phone

    You should also take food and drinking water. How much you will need depends on the intended length of your trip.

    Fishing mishaps

    While carrying all this equipment can help to prevent some fishing accidents, it may not help to prevent all mishaps. You could, for instance, get caught by a hook, cut yourself or have a slip, trip or fall on deck, for example. In such cases, your first aid kit and communication equipment will be invaluable.

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    Compensation

    If your fishing injury was caused by another person, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. This could apply if, for instance, another person carelessly casts their fishing line and you are injured by a fishing hook. A trip and fall on the cluttered deck of a chartered boat could also warrant a claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Our advisors can help you determine whether you are eligible to claim and provide you with helpful compensation advice. To learn more, give our freephone helpline a call from your mobile: 0333 500 0993 or a UK landline: 0800 689 0500 and have a no-obligation, confidential chat with an advisor today.

    Date Published: March 14, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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