Boating is a popular recreational past-time for many Ohio residents. Staying safe while traversing the waterways should become more of a priority as the weather begins to warm and boating more likely.
Learn some of the most common ways people find themselves injured after spending some time out on a boat.
Drinking and boating
Some boaters may choose to partake in adult beverages while out on the water. Boating under the influence in Ohio is not only a common cause of injuries but it is illegal. Drinking while boating can result in crashes into other boats or people. Even if the vessel is not in motion, passengers who drink can slip and fall or become sick. Sun poisoning and heat stroke are real threats and can become a medical emergency while on the water.
Much like driving a vehicle, helming a boat takes attention and, in some cases, even more so. Boaters need to pay close attention to unmotorized vessels, such as rafts and water skis, in addition to other boats. Distracted or inattentive boating can make for a disastrous outcome and accounts for accidents involving:
- Collisions with other vehicles and stationary objects
- Slip and falls inside the boat
- Falls overboard
People falling into the water is a common and dangerous prospect. According to the US Coast Guard, the leading cause of death in boating accidents is drowning, which means that a failure to maintain and wear lifejackets may result in the most serious consequence.
Boating is not enjoyable when it is not safe. People who wish to remain injury-free on the water should use common sense and basic safety measures to ensure they return to the dock without needing medical attention.