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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What NOT to do when fishing at your local river

    Doing the wrong thing at the wrong time when fishing at your local river can not only land you in hot water with the law, it could also cause you or others to suffer an accidental injury.

    The law

    In order to stay out of trouble with legal authorities, it is important not to:

    • Fish on river sections closed to fishing
    • Fish out of season
    • Fish without an appropriate, up-to-date licence

    It is also illegal to block footpaths, boat moorings, etc with your tackle, so make sure you keep your stuff out of the way.

    Possible risks

    For your own health and safety, as well as that of other people and wildlife, do not:

    • Fish underneath or close to overhead power lines, as modern fishing equipment does conduct electricity and you may suffer serious or even fatal injuries by electrocution if your rod gets too close to or touches a line
    • Venture out onto ice when fishing in winter
    • Choose a fishing location where you are like to slip, trip or fall into the water

    You should also not leave your rod unattended, as this is illegal. The reason for this is that a large fish may pull the rod into the river and stay tethered. Apart from that, an unattended rod may also cause a passer-by to trip and fall.

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    Weil’s disease

    Caused by Leptospira bacteria, Weil’s disease is a serious form of leptospirosis and can cause anything from flu-like symptoms to bleeding and organ failure. Make sure you are not infected by cleaning and dressing even minor personal injuries (grazes, cuts, hook injuries) carefully.

    Other considerations

    To prevent accidental injuries to wildlife and, or course, other people, do not leave discarded hooks and lines, cans, tins or bottles lying around, but gather them up at the end of the day and dispose of them safely. Do not cast your line wildly, but prevent someone being injured by hooks by using proper casting techniques and making sure no-one is likely to wander into the projected path of your line.

    Get advice

    If someone else caused you to suffer an injury by slips, trips and falls; getting caught by a hook or other fishing accidents, you should have a word with someone at Accident Advice Helpline to see whether you may be able to claim for compensation. The helpline is free and confidential, and advisors are experienced, friendly and helpful.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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