The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and National Safe Boating Council recognize May 18-24 as National Safe Boating Week to promote safe boating practices and to inform the public about the importance of life jacket safety. The warm summer months allow for many outdoor activities, such as boating and spending time on the water. Educating yourself on proper boating practices before making a splash can be crucial if you ever find yourself in a boating emergency.

In 2017, the Coast Guard tallied 4,291 recreational boating accidents that contributed to 658 fatalities and roughly $46 million in losses.  Drowning is the cause of death in 76 percent of boating fatalities, and about 85% of those victims were not wearing a life jacket. They may be uncomfortable, and they may not be the most stylish thing to wear, but life jackets are designed to keep you afloat following an accident and save thousands of lives every year. In Kansas & Missouri, anyone under the age of 12 must wear a USCG approved Type I, II, or III PFD (Personal Flotation Decide), and each individual should have a PFD (write this out) that fits properly.

Boating Safety Tips:

  1. Wear a life jacket that is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. (check here: safeboatingcampaign.com)
  2. Familiarize yourself with local and state boating laws.
  3. Consider taking a Missouri or Kansas Boating Safety Course.
  4. Ensure that your vessel is properly prepared.
  5. Schedule a Vessel Safety Check with the U.S. Coast guard.
  6. Prepare a U.S. Coast Guard Float Plan (http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/)
  7. Have a communication device handy.
  8. Never drink and drive while operating a vessel.
  9. Familiarize yourself with the area.
  10. Follow all navigation rules

Injured in a boating accident? Contact one of our experienced Injury Attorneys in Kansas City: Call us today at 816-842-7100. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. We take all injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we resolve the case for you.

Jason C. Amerine
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