By: Rachel Moore and Payton Jashinsky. 8th hour
Boating accidents have risen 12.8 percent in 2011 and they are no the highest since 1998. Also only 1.5 of every ten drowning death victims in boating accidents wore a life jacket. Another thing is 79% of the drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket, only 15% wore a life jacket, and 6% are unknown if they wore a life jacket or didn't. In 2011, 533 people of the 758 boating accidents resulted as drowning.( Everyday 10 people die a day from drowning. From the ages of 2-14. From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning's.About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger)
- One thing that you can do to prevent boating accidents is to avoid alcohol. A lot of people make the bad decision of drinking and driving. If you choose to do this it may be the result of an accident because when you drink you have a delayed reaction to any obstacle that may be put in your way.
- Another thing that you can do to prevent an accident is always wear a life jacket especially for those who can't swim, but it is also a good idea for everyone else in the boat to wear one to. What if you were to get in an accident and the boat flips there's no time for life jackets then!
- Also Always check to see what the weather is going to be like. Have a radio by you to alert you on bad weather that may be coming. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of no were in bad weather.
- You should also have a boating license and that you are able to actually drive a boat safely and know the simple but important rules of driving a boat.
- ( Make sure you wear/carry with you all times it life jackets, first ad kit and a flare gun.)
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