If crash statistics for Florida boating crashes hold steady, there are about two accidents every day of the year. Sadly, this crash ended in the death of the operator. Fox 4 Now reported on the tragic incident.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who is responsible for investigating many boating crashes, got a report of an accident in Alhambra Lake in Cape Coral today around 5:45 PM.
Upon investigation, they found that an 18-foot pontoon boat struck a dock. The operator fell off his boat and died from his injuries despite the efforts of rescue crews.
No information was released about whether the boat had adequate safety gear, if there were passengers, or if the operator was wearing a life vest. The incident is still under investigation.
Any time you get on the water you’re taking a risk. This is why safety gear is so emphasized for boaters. While accidents are rarer than in a car, when they happen the risk of death is much higher.
Again, we want to encourage all boaters going out for the season to review their safety gear and what to do in case there is an accident on the water. Safety gear, including life vests, is the first defense against a tragedy. The second is quick action after an accident.