Monday, October 05, 2009

Rough Weekend for Boaters

This past weekend’s news included an unusually high number of boating mishaps, especially considering the cooling weather across much of the US.

An accident Sunday night off Long Island, NY, resulted in a boat landing somewhere from 100 to 150 feet from the water. The AP reported that the 40-foot high-performance powerboat crashed onto a marsh island east of the Wantagh Parkway Sunday night, and unfortunately resulted in three people being killed and four critically injured.

Earlier in the weekend, the St. Petersburg Times ran an article about a boating crash that killed a 17 year old girl and injured four other teens that were aboard a 22 ft runabout. Like the NY accident, the Florida tragedy involved operating a boat at a high rate of speed in a channel or harbor.

Of course every situation is different, but please visit FirstBoat’s safety page for a couple of basic tips and resources for keeping safe during your boating adventures.

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