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It is summer time and with summer you get the overzealous individuals who go out boating and are not properly prepared. It is foolhardy to go boating without taking proper precautions. Boating accidents result in serious injury and or death.
Last week, a Montreal couple went kayaking down the St. Lawrence, their kayak was slammed against a buoy by the current and split in two. The man, Master Cpl. Andre Riquier, was thrown from the kayak and was rescued by the coast guard. His wife, Suzanne Grant was not so lucky, all that was found was her life jacket and cap. Her body was missing for a week. Volunteer searchers found her body floating near Point Aux Trembles. The coast guard and health officials wonder why the couple were kayaking in such turbulent waters to begin with.
Boating can be such great fun on a beautiful summer day but it can turn out to be tragic like this particular case. Please observe the rules of the water just as you would observe the rules of the road.
Boating safety tips
* Do not drink or use drugs while operation a boat. The affects of alcohol are more lethal under the sun, wind, noise, vibration of the boat, and other natural phenomena. Boating under the influence is responsibility for nearly 35 percent of all boating accidents and alcohol is responsible for impaired judgment when operating any kind of vehicle.
* Make sure you have the your life jackets and flotation devises. If your boat does capsize, these devices give you a better protection against drowning while you are waiting to be rescued.
* If you are operating a boat make sure you have a fire extinguisher and it is equipped and operational. Should you have a fire on board and the fire extinguisher is not charged then you may as well not have one at all.
* Check your boat lights and make sure you have your emergency supplies such as a navigational and land map, floating pouch, emergency kit and flares.
* Make sure you have an anchor and you know how to use it, serious accidents can result from improper use.
* Be vigilant about the weather, if you are in boat or small kayak get out of the water immediately if the weather changes for the worst.
For more essential information on boating rules review these boating tips, http://www.wnrmag.com/org/es/enforcement/safety/boattip.htm
by Carol Roach
June 15, 2006
Woman Dies in Kayak Accident: Avoid fatalities by Observing Boating Guidelines
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