Too Fast For Conditions"
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- An Illinois man is dead after being thrown overboard from a Cigarette boat at the 8-Mile Marker.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Safe boating is the aim of all boaters and comes from education/training and experience. This excerpt from a recent Boating Statistics report, provided by the United States Coast Guard, is presented in the interest of safety by helping boaters learn from the experience of others.
the Coast Guard counted 5,265 accidents that involved 767 deaths, 3,191 injuries and approximately $62.5 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
- The fatality rate was 6.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.This rate represents a 25% increase from the 2019 fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
- Compared to 2019, the number of accidents increased 26.3%, the number of deaths increased 25.1%, and the number of injuries increased 24.7%.
- If you are a new boater or limited boating skills.. Take boating lessons, learn navigation rules.
- Don't boat while using drugs and alcohol.. Have a designated driver
- Wear a life jacket
- File a Float Plan
- Perform regular vessel maintenance
- Have a Vessel Inspection.. provided free by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
- Limit boat speed to the conditions of the water, weather, and amount of boat traffic.
- Have a look out
- Be prepared for the unexpected