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Electrocution warning to anglers

Wednesday 26 February 2003

ANGLERS are being warned not to risk casting their lives away through electrocution from overhead power lines as the fishing season gets under way

The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) is also urging landowners to help as anglers continue to die or suffer horrific injuries from electric shock or burns.

The reason: since the introduction of carbon fibre, fishing rods have become longer and lighter and are capable of casting longer lengths of line. This means that they can easily come into contact with overhead electricity lines, sometime with fatal results.

At higher voltages, electricity will jump through the air even if there is no contact.

"Electricity and fishing can add up to a highly dangerous combination," warns the CLA's Yorkshire regional director Dorothy Fairburn.

"Sometimes lines on wood poles are mistaken for telephone wires. Overhead electricity lines are often difficult to see, especially if set against a dark background.

"Anglers need to look out and look up for overhead lines when approaching the fishing area and keep at least 30 metres away."

The CLA is telling those of its members who own or lease fishing waters to ensure that anglers are made aware of the dangers by erecting safety signs which are normally available free of charge from the electricity company.

Further advice is available from the local Health and Safety Executive office or Environmental Health department.


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