December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Fishermen in Budleigh are being warned to make sure they don’t leave their equipment behind after a child was injured by a fishhook.
Resident Zoe Allars says on two occasions recently she has visited the beach with children and found abandoned hooks.
On one occasion her friend’s 12-year-old son stepped on the hook and had to go to hospital to have it removed, while her seven-year-old son has also found an inch-long hook.
Zoe says she has no objections to people fishing on the beach, but would like them to take more care, as she fears there could be a more serious incident in future. She said: “It’s just something to be aware of. When we’re at the beach now I make sure they’ve got shoes on, and I’m always looking around to see if hooks are on the floor.
“All Budleigh fishermen, please, please make sure you take your fishing gear and all hooks away with you, because one day there will be a serious accident.”
District councillor Tom Wright, who is also chairman of the town council’s foreshore and footpaths committee, said East Devon District Council is looking at ways to increase awareness. He said: “We are aware of the problem. There’s nothing we can do to ban fishing on the beach – that’s a right – but what we are considering is increased signage to warn fishermen to be careful.
“Budleigh is a very popular beach with fishermen and also with swimmers – and they’ve each got to recognise that and be careful of the other users.”
Councillor Wright says he fishes on Budleigh beach himself and realises what a popular pastime it is. He was due to raise the issue at an EDDC beach management meeting on Wednesday afternoon, after the Journal went to press.