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Recreational Fishing Safety Tips

Recreational
fishing is a hugely popular sport and means of sustenance for millions of
people around the world. There are, however, many things that can go wrong
while fishing such as boat engine failure, a fall on the boat deck, boat
collision, an accident with a hook, etc. There are many types of fishing,
people, and boating situations that can lead to accidents on the water
including sport anglers on
charter boats, whale watchers, ferry passengers, and harbor tour passengers. Each
year hundreds of people die, thousands are injured, and millions of dollars of
property damage is incurred because of preventable recreational boating and
fishing accidents.

Fishing
Safety Tips

  1. If you’re on a boat to fish you should be wearing a
    life jacket.
    The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that life jackets could
    have saved the lives of over 80 percent of boating fatality victims.
  2. Inspect waterfronts each day that you go out to fish as
    the water environment changes daily.
  3. Follow the rules and don’t fish in areas where it is
    not permitted. You must trust that these areas have been declared “off
    limits” to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.
  4. Consider safety factors when choosing a location to
    fish.
  5. Weather changes frequently and is always a factor in
    safe boating. Set up a weather committee or person in charge of weather
    forecasting responsibilities.
  6. Just like when packing for a hike, bring along extra
    safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone or GPS radio.
  7. Stay dry, warm and protected from the sun, wind, and
    rain. Wear a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply
    every two hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear thin layers of clothing
    that start light for warm weather, cover up with warm clothes for cold
    weather and water/wind resistant gear for the final layer. Wear shoes that
    will keep your feet warm and dry and with good soles to stop a slip on the
    deck. Wear a hat for sun and rain protection.
  8. Bring along insect repellent.
  9. Sharpen fishing knives at the start of each season and
    keep blades covered when not in use.
  10. Handle fish carefully, particularly when cleaning with
    a knife.
  11. Use safety glasses when casting.
  12. Use caution when baiting and removing hooks.
  13. Perform a vessel safety check at the start of each
    season or go to one of the free safety checks provided around your
    community.
  14. Operator
    errors account for 70 percent of boating accidents. Take a boating safety
    course before operating a boat for the first time and every five years to
    stay fresh on your safety skills.
  15. Educate
    yourself about the potentially lethal boating danger of Carbon Monoxide.
  16. Boating
    under the Influence
    is a serious offense that can lead to hefty fines
    and jail time. Alcohol is a factor in one third of all boating accidents.
  17. Create a
    float plan in case of emergency.

Liability for Fishing Accidents

People injured on recreational
fishing boat are not seamen covered under the Jones Act but federal maritime
law and admiralty jurisdiction could still be a factor in resolving liability
in a fishing accident. The plaintiff is usually looking to establish negligence
on the part of the owner or operator of the vessel. Winning damages from a
lawsuit involving recreational fishing or boating can be very complicated; it
often involves conflicts between state and federal law. Your best chance to win
damages from your case is to hire an experienced maritime personal injury
lawyer like the ones at Tario & Associates, P.S.

Note: Federal Law requires boating
operators to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority.

If you or a loved one were injured in
an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced
accident
attorney
fight for the full compensation that
you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance
company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the
caring accident attorneys at
Tario
& Associates, P.S
. today for a FREE consultation! You
will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages
for you!

Recreational
fishing is a hugely popular sport and means of sustenance for millions of
people around the world. There are, however, many things that can go wrong
while fishing such as boat engine failure, a fall on the boat deck, boat
collision, an accident with a hook, etc. There are many types of fishing,
people, and boating situations that can lead to accidents on the water
including sport anglers on
charter boats, whale watchers, ferry passengers, and harbor tour passengers. Each
year hundreds of people die, thousands are injured, and millions of dollars of
property damage is incurred because of preventable recreational boating and
fishing accidents.

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