Many recreational fishermen prefer going out on fishing on a small or mid-sized casual boat. These boats are often risky and usually are found to lack many necessary safety measures.
However, people tend to ignore these facts despite their importance. Resultant to this many accidents take place while fishing out of which the most common one is falling out of the boat.
Now, you can fall out of a boat due to a number of reasons which include but are not limited to the colliding of the boat with other objects, balance loss, accidental slipping etc. Furthermore, the problem of falling out of the boat is much more common for angling rather than any other fishing technique.
How To Prepare Yourself In Case You Fall Off
Accidents are natural and do tend to occur mainly due to human ignorance or other external factors. Regardless of their cause, you should be aware of how to tackle them and in this case, you should be knowing what to do if you fall out of a boat while fishing.
Learn How To Swim
Learning how to swim is probably the number one thing that you should focus on to tackle this situation if it happens. Obviously, you will be dropping out in water and most of the times you won’t find any supports to cling on to, therefore, by learning swimming you will save yourselves from drowning which is probably one of the worst things that can happen on falling out of the boat while fishing.
Learning How To Tackle With The Fishing Outfit In Water
When you will drop out into the water while fishing you will probably be wearing your fishing outfit which may include a lot of heaving fishing gears and equipment.
Now, swimming is already difficult with wet clothing and with further gear and equipment, it will get even harder. Thus you need to learn how to face this issue.
There are 2 ways to resolve it:
One way is to drop out the fishing gear and equipment (fishing outfit also in some cases) in the water and the second way is to practice swimming by virtualizing the whole situation beforehand.
Rush Towards Your Boat
Instead of going here and there or panicking, you should work on getting yourself towards the boat as soon as possible. If it is hard to get on the boat right away then hold on to it and stay with it. After getting yourselves calmed down you should think of possible ways to get on the boat. If you are in deep water and if the boat does not has a ladder then you should use the outboard motor of the boat to re-enter into it.
Protect Yourself From Possible Health Conditions
If you are out fishing especially in colder areas and fall out of the boat then you will be at a higher risk of getting hypothermia. It’s in your best interest to work up on ways to protect yourselves from it as much as possible. In order to do that, you should quickly get up on your boat and change up your clothes and take up some other measures to get yourselves warm.
In Case Someone Else Is Available On Spot
If there is someone else on the boat, probably your fishing partner, friend or a family member then here are the probable steps that he/she should take:
- Hit the kill switch of the boat or take other necessary measures to stop the boat immediately.
- Assist you in getting back on the boat.
- Supply a rescue buoy if necessary.
- Take help of the man overboard function on the GPS navigation system.