Overhead Wires

There have been a number of incidents where people have been killed or injured when their boat's mast came into contact with overhead power lines.

These incidents have not just happened at boat clubs. People have also died or been seriously injured while rigging or moving boats in car parks, or their driveways and in the road outside their homes.

Always check for overhead lines before rigging or moving boats with masts. Don't assume wires on wooden poles are telephone wires.

The Energy Networks Association produces a Safety Information for Sailors leaflet.