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Don't catch you death in bid to catch first salmon

2nd January 2009

With Jan 1st marking the opening day when anglers eagerly attempt to catch the first wild salmon of the year, Irish Water Safety is warning of the risk of drowning and hypothermia, with slippy riverside banks, larger winter volumes of water and the onset of darkness adding to the danger.

Many anglers keen to catch the first salmon of the season will engage in late night and early morning river bank fishing which is made all the more perilous due to the lack of daylight.

The current cold spell has made riverbank fishing all the more treacherous. Damp grass that freezes results in a very slippy surface for anglers. Irish Water Safety pleads with the public to stay safe by staying away from the edge of waterways and to wear a lifejacket at all times when engaged in water-based activities. Ordinarily familiar riverbanks may become dangerous and unstable.  Falling into cold water can result in cold-shock and hypothermia, which can be fatal.

Never fish alone, ensure to wear warm winter clothing and appropriate wet weather gear and if one of your party gets into difficulties do not hesitate to call 999 or 112. Remember to check the weather forecast for the area and to check the condition of your craft. For more information log onto Irish Water Safety's website, Team

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