Two Missing Following Boat Crash in Ohio (OH)
RIPLEY, OH- The ncadvertiser.com writes that a boat crash took place in Ohio this week and that two men are now missing. The incident occurred on the Ohio River and involved a pontoon boat and a speed boat. Two men were on the pontoon boat and were fishing at the time. The speed boat had set out from the Ripley Boat Club with five people on board in the later evening.*
The two men on the pontoon boat have not been found, following the accident. Three of the people from the speed boat were rescued, and one suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital.
One of the best ways to improve safety while boating is to wear a life jacket at all times. The National Safety Council states that life jackets should be viewed as essential for anyone on a boat. The US Coast Guard reports that about three-quarters of all people killed in boating accidents were not using life jackets at the time. Additionally, 84 percent of drowning victims did not have life jackets on. Many lives would have likely been spared if everyone wore a life jacket.
Of course, some people believe that because they are good swimmers, they do not need life jackets. This is not the case. A boat crash can render a person unconscious or injured, making it impossible for even a strong swimmer to get to safety.
Children should always be wearing properly fitting life jackets on the water.
Other things to keep in mind include using common sense when operating a vessel. If the weather is changing, get off the water instead of taking a risk. Under no circumstances should anyone ever boat while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol impairs a person’s judgment, balance, coordination, and vision.
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