Enjoy the warm weather by boating safely
Friday, March 26, 2010
Media contact: Capt. Carol Keyser, 850-488-5600
With winter's chill finally in retreat, cabin fever
overtakes many Floridians and visitors from Key West to Pensacola.
Many are eager to get outside, and boaters are making plans to take
their vessels out for a weekend adventure.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) urges boaters not to let cabin fever make them too
hasty or risk ruining their day on the water.
"Enjoy the day by remembering a few safety
precautions, such as remaining alert while operating a boat and
wearing your life jacket," said Capt. Carol Keyser of the FWC's
Boating and Waterways Section. "Check your boating safety equipment
before you leave the dock, so you are ready for any problems which
may arise on the water."
According to the FWC, inattentiveness of the
operator usually causes boating accidents, and statistics show that
more than half the boating-related deaths reported last year were
attributed to drowning and may have been avoided had the victims
been wearing life jackets.
"The combination of paying better attention,
abiding by the navigation rules and wearing life jackets all the
time while on the water could result in fewer injuries and deaths
each year," Keyser said.
The FWC encourages Floridians to get outside and
enjoy the warmer weather on the water, but cautions, "Do so