Our national statistics indicate that most people who drown either fall out of a
boat or their boat capsizes. In nearly all of these cases no one was wearing a lifesaving
device. More people would be alive today if they had just worn their PFD
- Personal Flotation Device - or at least had them within reach.
The National Safe Boating
Council is focusing its efforts to make boaters and others aware of the
importance of personal flotation devices. Michigan requires all youngsters under
the age of 6 years to wear life jackets when riding on an open deck of a boat. Also,
all persons on a personal watercraft must wear a PFD. In all other situations on
a boat, there must be enough PFDs on the boat for each person aboard, the PFD must
be in good and servicable condition, fit the intended wearer and be within easy
reach. REMEMBER, it won't work if you don't wear it.
YOU AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Whether in a motor vehicle
or a boat - YOU AND ALCOHOL DON'T MIX. National statistics show that most boaters
who are involved in boating accidents and boating fatalities have alcohol in their
body. Even a small amount of alcohol in your body in combination with the effects
of the environment (sun, wind, movement of boat) can have a disastrous effect. So
if you are the boat operator - DON'T DRINK! And take care of your passengers. Intoxicated
passengers have been known to fall overboard and drown. As the boat captain, all
passengers are YOUR responsibility!