May 24th, 2012 - by DKRPA
With Memorial Day weekend now upon us, we are approaching one of the biggest boating weekends in Florida. This means lots of fun in the sun, as long as boaters remember to act with sound judgment and follow boating regulations.
In many cases, boating mishaps, injuries and fatalities are a result of negligence. Serious injuries and even deaths can be avoided if owners and operators of boats would simply adhere to the following guidelines:
- Understand boating rules: Collisions with other vessels are the most common types of boating accidents. The second most common types of boating accidents are collisions with fixed objects. Boating navigation rules can easily be learned by taking a safety course, which can go a long way in preventing these types of crashes.
Many boating accidents are preventable, and staying safe does not mean you cannot have fun. Yet all it takes is for one momentary lapse in judgment for the weekend to end in senseless tragedy. Hopefully, this weekend boaters will avoid negligent boating and will take the responsibility of being on the water seriously.
Source: Treasure Coast Palm, “Keep boating fun by keeping it safe,” Ed Killer, May 18, 2012