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Fishing Accidents: What to Do Next?

There’s nothing like taking the family (or yourself, for some “me time”) down to the water and fishing. Even as a relaxing pastime, though, things can go wrong.

Many people worry about accidents while out hunting. Taking a boat out on the water can be risky, too.

Although the number of boat-related fatalities and deaths, it’s always best to be prepared. Here’s what to during fishing accidents.

Fish Hook Accident

There are two types of fish hook accidents. Let’s define each one and how to treat them.

Surface Hook

This is a hook that’s not near an eye or deeply embedded in muscles, joints, or bones.

  • Cut away lures, lines, and bait from the hook
  • Numb area with ice
  • Gently pull the tip of the hook out if the barb hasn’t gone in

No matter what, get the injured person to a medical professional immediately. They might need a tetanus shot.

Deeply Embedded Hook

This advice is for a hook that is embedded in muscles, joints, bones or is close to an eye. This information is also good for a situation where you’re afraid to take the hook out or the injured person is panicking.

  • Don’t put pressure on the eye or try to remove the hook
  • Carefully tape a paper cup over the injured eye to ensure nothing hurts it or contaminates it
  • Call emergency services right away.

Don’t be caught off guard. Study these techniques before you head out fishing.

Passenger Overboard

Falling overboard is another type of major fishing accident. Here’s what steps to take if your passenger falls into the water:

  • Turn off the boat immediately to reduce the chance of hitting the person by accident
  • Shout “man overboard” to alert everyone in the boat
  • Have someone keep their eyes on the person in the water
  • Toss the person a floatation device
  • Slowly bring the boat to the overboard passenger downwind if possible
  • Bring them back on board using a ladder or lifeline

If you’re in cold waters, they might be suffering hypothermia too. Get medical help immediately.

Be Prepared for Fishing Accidents

We hope you never have to be in a boat accident. But the best way to deal with a crisis is to be prepared.

Here are some tips to stay safe on your boating trip:

  • If you have an accident, staying calm is crucial
  • Over 80% of drowning fatalities occur because someone wasn’t wearing their life jacket; make sure you have yours
  • Keep emergency numbers and phone chargers handy
  • Check for fire hazards before boarding and keep extinguishers handy
  • Nearly 20% of boating fatalities are alcohol-related; drink responsibly while on the water
  • Keep an emergency kit on board and check it each time you head out
  • Always let someone know where you’re going and what time you expect to be back

We want you to have a great time on the water. That involves being prepared for any fishing accidents that might occur.

If you or someone you’re with has been injured, don’t wait. Contact us immediately!