Recreational water activities on our area’s beautiful lakes and rivers are a great way to enjoy the summer weather with friends and family. With temperatures rising and the long daylight hours, getting out on a lake in a boat can provide hours of much deserved relaxation and fun. When planning an taking part in these activities, it is sometimes too easy to forget the safety issues inherent with boating.
In 2009, according to Coast Guard statistics, there were 4,730 boating accidents that resulted in 736 deaths and 3,358 injuries. Almost 75% of the total number of fatalities occurred as a result of drowning and the vast majority of those victims—84%—were not wearing a life jacket. Of these accidents, 46% occurred on open motor boats, 22% involved personal watercraft like jet skis, and 14% involved motorboats with cabins. The numbers also show that boating safety education can have a big impact on the likelihood of an accident: only 14% of the total deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received that type of instruction.
These statistics underscore the need to practice safety when out on the water this summer. Some of the most important safety precautions that you can take include the following:
If you or your loved ones are going to be spending time out on the water this season, take some time to educate yourself about boating safety and the regulations that you need to follow when boating in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is a great resource for learning more and keeping yourself safe on the water.
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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary will do a free, courtesy vessel inspection of your boat to be sure everything complies with both state and federal requirements. If you do not pass for some reason, usually lacking some piece of safety equipment, you will be given a list of things necessary to bring your vessel in compliance. No formal report will be made to the state or the Coast Guard.If your boat passes you will be given a sticker for your windshield showing that you are in compliance. For the closest Auxilliary unit go to: cgaux.org. Again it's FREE. You can't get a better deal.
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