I Was Almost Killed By Discarded Fishing Line!

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  1. Scuba Chris

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    Properly Dispose Your Used Fishing Line!

    For years i've pushed for anglers to clean-up their areas for others. I've stepped on a circle hook once & it was painful extracting it. I usually spend the first 10min cleaning someone else's mess before i set-up my gear. I'd rather see plastics in a garbage can rather then around a Sea Turtle's neck.

    So this day i got to my site extremely early & started to set-up my shore casting rigs. I had enough natural light to see enough of my surroundings to maneuver around. I walked across a cliff overhang to set my first rig up & hopped over a open fissure as i've done for years. This time my foot got snagged & i went down through the fissure head first roughly 8ft to the reef. I was lucky a swell came in to cover the rocks with 2ft of water seconds before impact. I instinctively put my right hand forward to help break the fall.

    The next thing i remember was gasping for air as i was swallowing salt water. My right wrist was in pain & my leg was torn-up scraping the rocks going down. My shorts was partially torn as my backside got a puncture. If things were different i could've been knocked-out, or worse. All because a fisherman left 100's of yards of discarded fishing line all over the sharp rocks. I was there 2 days earlier & no line was there. If this was thrown in the water it would kill endangered Green Sea Turtles which congregate in numbers exactly where i landed.

    Right now i'm not sure if my right wrist is merely badly sprained or fractured. My right leg is hurting & my backside is not only hurting but constantly bleeding. At the early morning twilight hours i couldn't make out the fishing line. If the line was in the water it could kill many endangered local species like Green Sea Turtles to Hawaiian Monk Seals by entanglement.

    I'm in extreme pain & don't know how long this will sideline me. This happen all because a lazy angler most likely decided to re-spool his/her casting reel & left all the line just laying around to cause injury & possible death to wildlife. I spent 30min just cutting that line up & disposing it in a garbage can that was only 60-80ft away!

    Please pick-up after your selfs. I always bring garbage bags for exactly this. I'm sharing my story here in hopes it'll ring a bell that says respect your environment.



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  2. waynesworld

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    Turners will take your old/ discarded line-they send it back to Berkly for recycling
     
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    flip flops on lava. cool.
     
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    Go to the doctor.
     
  5. Scuba Chris

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    In the vid when i got hurt you'll notice i was wearing hard reef sandals that covers the front, expensive but worth it. When i came back the 2nd day to shoot pics & vids for possible insurance reasons i had flip flops. I do use flip flops in other areas but this spot has dangerous conditions. The memorial plaque at the end of the video is a reminder how dangerous Mother Nature can be. It's sad that some beach users have no respect for wildlife and the welfare of others. When i videoed the memorial stone that whole area had clear 30-40lb mono line all over. My leg scabs started bleeding again as i used my car keys bending over to cut the line off the rocks so nobody else would be hurt. Took me 20min in that heat to cut away roughly 50yd of line. What alarmed me was most of the line was within 1-1/2ft of the edge of the drop! if you didn't see that clear line you'd go head first over the side, like i did. You can see the sun's rays glinting off the line when i was pointing at it in the video. Also we see endangered marine species like the Hawaiian Monk Seal & the Green Sea Turtle either tangled in discarded line, or dead in it. The only way to combat this is through educating the public & for people who see these kinds of hazards to take some time to help out. I've been doing both for all my life but i still suffered. At least God was watching over me and my head hit the swell coming in then the exposed reef when it was receding.
     
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  6. Scuba Chris

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    I hate doctors. But i was today at 4:30 but i'm getting better so decided not to. My wrist was swollen and my arm puffy, couldn't even pick up my boy Peanut Butter. Today i can and the swelling is no longer there. Pain less then 50%. Thanks though:)

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  7. Carl

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    Thats a bit out of his way...,,,,,
     
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    Crazy story. Glad you're ok.
     
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    That is really f'd-up, Chris. Lucky you didn't break your neck...glad your doing better. That "aha" is some sharp shit, like razors.
     
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    "Insurance reasons". Are you going to sue?
     
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    Who can you sue?
     
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    Thus my question.
    Didn't understand why you would go back the next day for insurance reasons.
     
  13. Scuba Chris

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    No, i was told by a friend to record the area best i can is all.
     
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    Thank you Chris. I meant no disrespect.
     
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    None taken. Thanks!
     
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    No disrespect Brah, but I'd probably kill myself walking out there before first light without the fishing line issue, glad your ok!
     
  17. Scuba Chris

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    It's NOT the safest area that's for sure!
     
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    How come Hawaiians are such disrespectfull slobs to the island they claim to love so much, Braaaaaaaa! What up wit dat? Brah dude! Queen Whaka makka poo poo gonna trow you boys in Volcano.LOL
     
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    I hate f'in people. My wife and I pick up trash on local hikes all the time. People are scum, seems like the younger people litter the most. I never understood people that trashed the world. Glad you lived...
     
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    Thanks! It's unfortunate that some people only care about them selfs & don't see the potential harm in what they do:(
     
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