As we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel and start to see some restrictions eased through this pandemic.
In the last few months we have probably found ourselves taking up some new hobbies to get that little bit of freedom in the outdoors. I have found an increase in people who enjoy going fishing now.
One type of fishing is one which get mentioned as being a risky type of activity. That is rock fishing.
As much as people love to talk about there catches for the day, or the obvious bigger catches that got away, a main goal of this outing is to make sure everyone comes back safely.
The last thing we want from the fishing enthusiasts is having to have the horrible job of telling their loved ones they won't be returning.
There may be so many options put in place to attempt saving persons from becoming the Victim of the sea.
This would include local life savers, boat users and in most cases of persons being swept of the rock the rescue helicopter.
Ultimately, the safety comes down to yourself and making sure you take the appropriate steps.
Some steps which should be taken includes:
- Check weather and water conditions before going.
- Always tell friends or family - Tell them where you are going and when you will be returning.
- Never fish alone, take someone with you so you can keep an eye on each other and the water.
- Wear appropriate clothing and non-slip shoes.
- Always watch the water. It can change in an instant.
- Wear a personal flotation device and carry safety gear and take a first aid kit.
These are just a few steps to take to keep safe.
Also, a reminder that there a laws in place about not wearing life jackets which can result in infringement notices being issued.
If you are heading out to try and catch that one that got away, stay safe but have a 'reel' good time.
As always, in case of emergency, call (000)
Non Emergencies contact Police Link on 131 444 or your local Police
To provide anonymous information call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000
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