ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – National Safe Boating Week kicks off on Saturday, and Lowcountry officers are sharing suggestions to bear in mind earlier than heading out on the water.
According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, there have been 201 reported boating accidents and 21 boat fatalities in 2021.
Captain Michael Paul Thomas stated to all the time verify the boat’s security gear like the fireplace extinguisher. Make certain there are sufficient life jackets for everybody onboard and that they match.
“Make sure that they are proper size, that they aren’t worn out. They may have been sitting up all winter. Make sure that they are serviceable,” stated Thomas.
Another tip from Thomas – boaters ought to let family and friends know once they plan on getting back from a boating journey, to allow them to name for assist if the deadline shouldn’t be met.
Thomas recommends the motive force wears a kill change to chop off energy in the event that they fall off the boat.
Officials are stressing the significance of sober boating. They stated to all the time have a chosen driver.
With greater than 339,000 registered boats final yr, officers stated its necessary to be accountable on the water.
According to DNR, there have been 49 reported boat accidents this yr. One of these concerned 18-year-old Logan Wood.
Wood’s household is aware of all too effectively what it’s wish to lose somebody in a boating accident. The teen went lacking again in January when he was out boating. His physique was recovered a month later.
“As much as it hurts to have him gone, at least he was doing something he loved when it happened,” stated shut household pal Kimberly Ambrose.
On Saturday, his household is holding a memorial fishing match on what would’ve been his 19th birthday. The objective of the occasion is to boost cash to purchase security gear for different boaters in hopes of stopping this tragedy from taking place once more.
“You want take something terrible and make it positive. This is a way, in his name, we can honor him and bring everyone else’s family members home,” stated Ambrose.
DNR is internet hosting a number of upcoming courtesy boat inspections. Click right here for extra info.