The long spring we’ve had and plenty of sunshine has a lot of people ready to hit the water in their boats. It is truly a great activity. But as with many enjoyable things in life, one must use proper caution and common sense to stay safe and avoid tragedy. To that end May 19th – 25th is National Safe Boating Week. It’s the perfect chance to review safe boating practices.
- In 2011 in the U.S., 758 persons died in over 4500 boating accidents. 70% of those fatalities were from drowning with most involved not wearing a life jacket.
- The majority of the deaths occurred on lakes and rivers, with only 21 at sea.
- Alcohol is a leading contributor to fatal boating accidents.
- Adverse weather often plays a role in boating accidents.
- Even 70 degree F water can cause hypothermia over a few hours time.
There is much more to learn about boating safety. Find out the latest on safety equipment and technology and get expert boating advice from the following links. http://www.noaa.gov/features/03_protecting/boat_safety_week3.html
Have a great summer on the water. Be careful, respectful of other boaters, and let’s make it the safest summer yet!