National Fishing Month Competition offers prizes for safe angling

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9:00AM

The competition can be found at - http://2010.energynetworks.org/fishingcompetition/  

The essential message of safe angling is being highlighted directly to young anglers as part of National Fishing Month (NFM) with a competition to win a Nintendo DS Lite or Apple iPod Touch. The competition is being run by Energy Networks Association and warns anglers in the early years of enjoying their sport of the dangers of overhead power lines and how to avoid the risks.  

By completing a picture challenge, 4-10 year olds could win a Nintendo DS Lite with a game and 11-16 year olds could win an 8GB Apple iPod Touch by completing a word search to reveal a safety message. The competition is being distributed by NFM event organisers and will run from 16 July to 18 September 2011.  

Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith said:  

“The risks from power lines may not be obvious especially for some young anglers. Thankfully the number of incidents had fallen to zero in 2008 but sadly, despite the efforts of energy networks and the angling community, another tragic incident occurred in 2009 with serious injuries. The few incidents that have occurred in the last ten years have all involved young anglers, often at unofficial sites.  

“We are pleased to have been able to facilitate the revision of safety rules for some angling sites recently, but it is important to ensure the message of awareness is given to those starting out in the sport. The captive audience of National Fishing Month is a valuable opportunity to do this.”  

ENDS  

Notes to editors  

Full details about the competition and to enter can be found at http://2010.energynetworks.org/fishingcompetition/  

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.  

For further information please contact:  
Tim Field, Press and Public Affairs Executive  
Energy Networks Association  
E: [email protected]  
T: +44 (0)207 706 5157  
M: +44 (0)7725 372 758  
W: www.energynetworks.org