Boating accidents are far more common than one would think and disturbingly, they are caused by inattention to basic safe boating rules — rules that could save people’s lives. Take for instance the terrible accident that happened on Corpus Christi Bay on March 6, 2016.
A report into that accident by Texas Parks and Wildlife investigators revealed there were far too many people on board and they were not using life jackets in a proper manner. Investigators discovered that the children on board were not wearing life jackets. The jackets were instead put on after the boat capsized.
There were eight onboard. Five survived and were rescued. However, three died — a 4-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and the 35-year-old father of the young girl.
We see far too many boating accidents in our offices and want to strongly encourage everyone that wants to take watercraft out on a lake, river or pond to follow the rules. They exist for a reason and that reason is to save your life if you have an accident.