Boating Deaths A Somber Reminder to Make Safety a Priority
ALBANY, GA - (WALB) According to a news report from WALB, there have already been two boating deaths in the area this year. As the weather continues to get warmer and increased numbers of people go boating, rangers from the Department of Natural Resources want to make sure that boaters are making safety a priority.*
For example, everyone in a boat must wear a life jacket at all times. Boat owners should also keep throwable flotation devices on their boats for added safety. Boating while intoxicated is not only a crime, it is a leading cause of boating accidents and fatalities. If you want to enjoy alcohol while you are boating, make sure that you have a sober driver to operate your boat while you do so.
Many boating accidents are related to excessive speed. Other boating accidents occur when a boat collides with something at night because there were not adequate lights on the boat. Inadequate lighting can also cause accidents if there are not enough lights on a boat to make it visible to other boats in the area, or if the lights are somehow obscured.
Severe weather is also a factor in many boating accidents. Heavy rain, wind, and thunderstorms can all create unsafe conditions for boaters. Boats are more likely to capsize or tip over when weather conditions make the water rough and difficult to navigate. Weather-related boating injuries and fatalities can be caused by both the weather itself or by a boat capsizing. If the weather looks like it could get bad, do not even go out on the water. If you’re out on the water and the weather starts to change, get to shore as soon as you can.
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