Angling is generally safe but serious or fatal injuries have come from contacting overhead electric power lines. Longer carbon fibre fishing poles have been a factor in some of these incidents.
Types of incidents reported include burns, major injuries and deaths. Inspections suggest many more minor or near miss incidents are not reported so not included in accident figures.
In recent years, numbers of incidents have been reduced, mainly by campaigns supported by the electricity industry, angling groups, landowners and the tackle trade.
But still, every year, fishing line is found hanging from overhead electric power lines with no report of incident or injury.
ENA's angling and overhead power line working group produced a guidance document in October 2005:
The group also published three flyers to raise awareness of the risks when angling in close proximity to overhead electric power lines:
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