When it comes to bodies of water I am confident in my abilities to stay afloat, but that doesn’t mean I do not respect the dangers all bodies of water threaten.
This past Sunday, a man and two of his friends went out fishing on the Potomac near Mount Vernon. While details from the excursion are still under investigation, the man ended up in the Potomac River, supposedly to get a fishing rod. He began to struggle and his friends tried to help by throwing him a life jacket and a line. Neither reached the man and he went under. His friends did not know how to operate his boat and had to wait for the Coast Guard to come help. They are still trying to recover the man’s body.
Now, over the Fourth of July weekend, we posted a blog about boating safety. We gave a lot of great safety tips in that blog but in light of the accident yesterday we would like to reiterate a few.
First, when it comes to safety equipment there must always be enough life jackets on the boat. These vests should always be worn! Even if you are an amazing swimmer anything can happen when you get pitched overboard.
Second, by law, any vessel out on the water must have at least one throw ring onboard. Throw rings are those white ring floatation devices attached to a line. These are required around any body of water because of their utility and versatility. They are aerodynamic and can be thrown farther and with more ease, and their ring shape makes it easier for drowning victims to hang on and be pulled back to the vessel or shore.
Third, when it comes to boating safety at least 2 people on the boat should know how to operate the machinery and at least one should always be on the boat. It goes without saying that alcohol should not be consumed around large bodies of water, especially if you are going to be operating the vessel.
We implore all of our readers to be safe in boats and to respect and be wary of natural bodies of water. They can be unpredictable and dangerous. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim from this past weekend.
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