The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its Boating Accident Statistical Report for the year to date. The report shows that 62 people lost their lives in boating accidents in 2013, and there have already been 11 fatalities on the water this year.
While it is encouraging to learn that the number of boating deaths has dropped, it is still vitally important that we all remember to act safely on the water, which will help keep those numbers down.
The most prevalent type of accident on the water is simply boats colliding with other boats. This is followed closely by boaters crashing into objects. Representatives point out that boat drivers and passengers can minimize risks by simply staying aware of their surroundings.
Commission spokesman Lt. Seth Wagner declares that many accidents “can be prevented by more careful operation,” going on to say, “It is critical for operators to maintain a proper lookout and focus on what is going on around their boat at all times.”
The primary cause of fatalities on the water is drowning. Wagner says that luckily, “There’s an easy fix. Wear a life jacket.” For the more fashion conscious boating enthusiasts among us, Wagner adds, “There are several styles of life jackets available to boaters that won’t interfere with your boating experience and may save your life.”
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