Basic Boating Safety – Life Jackets Save Lives when thrown from the boat as a result of a collision. Human error remains the leading cause of boating accidents.
ATLANTIC STRONG news – US Coast Guard reports
The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution before operating or chartering a vessel and to consider these key questions:
- Does the vessel have a credentialed master aboard?
- Are the master and crew enrolled in a Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Program?
- Does the vessel have proper documentation and safety equipment aboard?
- If carrying more than six passengers, does the chartered vessel hold a Certificate of Inspection issued by the U.S. Coast Guard?
- If it is a bareboat charter rental, (one without a crew provided), are you exceeding the maximum of 12 passengers allowed plus the charterer? Are you given the opportunity to select a crew or provide your own crew in order to operate that vessel?
For additional recreational boating safety information, please visit www.uscgboating.org.
How Do Life Jackets Save Lives?
- When capsized in rough water.
- When sinking in unexpectedly heavy sea conditions.
- When thrown from the boat as a result of a collision.
- When injured by rocks or submerged objects.
- When unconscious from carbon monoxide fumes.
- When tossed into freezing water.
- When thrown off balance while fishing.
- When unable to swim because of heavy or waterlogged clothing.