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Common Causes of Boating Accidents

While boating accidents are not that common, they happen, sometimes leading to fatal injuries or even death. That is why you need to be careful as you sail. Just because there are no other boats around you does not mean you should be reckless. Water is not a forgiving substance, and one simple mistake can lead to something catastrophic. Here are some common causes of boating accidents.

Alcohol

Time and time again, most people talk about the dangers of drinking and driving, and with good reason. However, a boat is also a machine. And as long as you are drunk, your judgment is impaired, and you should not operate any equipment. For starters, if you are found operating a boat while drunk, you could be fined or imprisoned. You might also lose your license, and this is not something you want.

Operator Inattention

Just like drivers, boat operators need to pay attention to the boat, the weather, and the passengers. As much as the weather can be unpredictable, being alert allows you to observe signs of bad weather and sail back to the docks. Bad weather can sometimes cause a boat to capsize, leading to near-drowning, if not death. Also, an attentive operator can warn passengers who are doing risky stunts on the boat that can lead to injuries.

Machinery Failure

As a boat owner, it is your duty to properly maintain your boat and ensure it is in good condition. Do routine maintenance and ensure nothing is damaged. Machine failure while sailing can lead to disastrous accidents. If you have had your boat for a long time and it is old and worn out, Mariner Marine suggests getting a new one that will serve you well.

Boating is a fun activity as long as you follow the necessary safety procedures. And should you or anyone on a boat need urgent care, contact emergency services and head back to the docks for medical attention.